New Riddell Helmets on List of Items Grants Helping to Fund

Spring Lake Park, MN – Trusted Coaches is an organization making a difference in the lives of youth athletes, right here in Minnesota. Not only has TrustedCoaches trained thousands of youth coaches through their interactive website, they have also helped some local youth football organizations receive equipment grants through USA Football.

“The funds we received from USA Football will be used to buy new Riddell helmets for the Cloquet Youth Football Association”, said Tom Lenarz, Director of Cloquet Youth Football. “We are excited to be able to use this money to put our kids in newer and safer equipment.”

“We have applied to USA Football several times in the past for equipment grant money and were not selected as one of the organizations that received funds. I am very grateful to Trusted Coaches for its role in helping to provide this opportunity for our organization and ours kids.”

“USA Football and Trusted Coaches are providing organizations like ours the tools and training we need to keep the game of football strong, I am grateful for the assistance that both organizations provide”

“On behalf of the entire Trusted Coaches team, we are excited to help provide a USA Football Equipment Grant to the Cloquet Youth Football Association, which joined the mission of Trusted Coaches this season. By joining Trusted Coaches, they also created a “one-stop shop” for their coaches because of our partnership with USA Football and their Youth Tackle Certification. This grant is one of the many benefits that are strengthened through the Trusted Coaches partnership with USA Football. ” We appreciate the opportunity to present this grant to an organization that is stressing the importance of providing a safe, positive and productive experience for their future Lumberjacks. This helps Coach Lenarz and Cloquet Football equip players with new equipment while continuing to promote all the many benefits that the great game of Football provides.” Dawson Blanck, Executive Director of Trusted Coaches

The other organization selected for a USA Football Equipment Grant through Trusted Coaches is the Jr. Polar Youth Football Association in North St. Paul, MN

“We are proud to be working with the Cloquet Youth Football Association in 2018”, said Mike Cuzzone, Central Region Manager for USA Football. “It marks the fourth straight year that the Association has been engaged in Heads Up Football. Their dedication to making the game better and safer is clearly shown by their effort to ensure all coaches are certified every year. We are excited that they will be able to utilize the equipment grant to enhance their program and assist with another successful football season this fall.”

Trusted Coaches was created by Minnesota Youth Athletic Services (MYAS) as a response to youth athletic associations need to train coaches and protect young athletes. The Trusted Coaches program includes first-aid training, concussion instruction, positive coach training and a nationwide criminal background check. Other programs are available via a la cart and can be customized to meet the needs of an organization.

A key component to the Trusted Coaches program is managed with a state-of-the art website that includes a national registry for tracking. The website package allows parents to track their coaches and determine if they are certified Trusted Coaches. The website is also a great tool for associations to be able to track the progress of their coaches as they go through the coach education program, delivered entirely online.