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Ascension Cougars football program receives $2,000 grant

Staff reports

The Ascension Cougars Youth Sports Organization received a $2,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and USA Youth Football grant program.

The local youth football group was one of more than 450 agencies from parks and recreation, schools and independent youth associations that applied for the grant, said Leon J. Blouin III, a founder of the Cougars.

Each applicant submitted detailed information concerning the state of youth football in their community in order to qualify for funding through the competitive process. ACYSO received funding support for youth tackle football in order to provide uniforms, insurance and equipment.

Blouin said more than 130 youth will benefit from the grant this fall season.

"Millions of American youngsters, like those in Gonzales, weave youth football into the fabric of our cities and towns," said USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenback. "The game brings us together and instills team-first values for the kids who love to play it. USA Football is proud to partner with the National Recreation and Park Association to grant financial help for equipment, uniforms and other needs to keep America's favorite sport and its character-building qualities thriving."

"This grant will be a valuable help to ACYSO in providing tackle football to the Gonzales community. This award will help us to instill the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, discipline, and respect on and off the playing field to our young people," Blouin said.

For more information on youth football at ACYSO, call (225) 324-0582.