For Immediate Release
July 29, 2016
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235
The National Football League (NFL) Foundation has awarded Sherando High School a $3,000 grant as part of its Super Bowl High School Honor Roll Program. The grant program, which is part of the NFL’s Super Bowl 50 outreach initiative, was open to high schools that have had an alumnus play or coach in a Super Bowl. Sherando High School was eligible for the program thanks to 1997 graduate Kelley Washington playing in Super Bowl XLII in 2008 as a member of the New England Patriots.
In January, Sherando received a gold commemorative football from the NFL recognizing the school as a member of the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll. The special footballs were delivered to more than 2,000 high schools across the country in honor of nearly 3,000 players and coaches who have participated in the 50 Super Bowls. Sherando was one of 68 schools in Virginia to be recognized.
Sherando High School Coordinator of Student Activities Jason Barbe says, “Since Sherando was recognized as a member of the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll, we had the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 from the NFL Foundation. We submitted an application hoping to receive funds to support our football program. We’re honored to have been selected to receive a $3,000 grant. The funds will help us purchase some new helmets and pay to recondition others.”
Each year, Sherando replaces approximately 15 helmets at an average cost of about $260 each. In addition, all helmets are reconditioned and certified that they are safe for use. Money generated through athletic ticket sales is used to cover the equipment maintenance costs.
Washington played eight seasons in the NFL. He began his career in 2003 as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. After four seasons in Cincinnati, he spent two years with the Patriots and then one season with both the Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers.