Midd-West receiving NFL grant for new football program


MIDDLEBURG — The newly approved football program at Midd-West School District is officially getting a huge boost from the NFL. Midd-West Superintendent Rick Musselman says the district will receive funding from the NFL’s High School Kick Start Program and other outlets, “Nike is providing all the uniforms. They’ll provide the game shoes, the actual socks, the gloves…Riddell is going to provide all the padding, the helmets, shoulder pads, and all the other pads that go along with the player.”

The organization USA Football is also planning to assist with field renovations. Midd-West is currently scheduled to play its home games for at least next season at West Snyder Elementary School. From there, Musselman says that field will either be updated or the current soccer stadium on the high school campus will undergo a full renovation, “We’ll have to look at do we renovate, or do we  update the current soccer stadium that we have there at Middleburg and make into a field where we can play football, soccer, field hockey…put a track around it. It could springboard us to be able to put some things there at our high school.”

The Pittsburgh Steelers also are looking to get involved with giving Midd-West equipment used at its training camp and Musselman says there is a possibility of some Steeler funding of a full weight room. The Steelers, along with another organization, NFL Legends may also do something with students—including attend games.

It’s expected the NFL will fully fund the program for up to its first three years. Musselman says now’s the time for the booster club to take advantage and raise funds, We can’t sit back on our laurels and say, ‘Oh, the NFL’s going to do this.’ We need the boosters, the families and the community to get involved because eventually it will all come back to the Midd-West School District.”

The NFL is expected send out a release will full details in the near future. Midd-West football players have been playing with East Juniata through a co-op for nearly 20 years before being eliminated by the Juniata County School District after the 2017 season.

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