Governors News · NFL Foundation awards $10,000 grant to Morton’s Athletic Department

The Morton HS Athletic Department is proud to announce that it was the recipient of the NFL 13 Original Towns Youth & High School Grant worth $10,000 from the NFL Foundation. To celebrate their 100th season, the NFL Foundation created a $10,000 grant to honor the 13 original towns and the 14 charter teams that started the NFL. The purpose of this grant is to improve the safety and wellness of athletes across all levels.

Hammond, Indiana was one of the 13 original towns, and their team was called the Hammond Pro’s. The Hammond Pro’s played their games from 1920 to 1926. Some notable members of the the Hammond Pros were John “Paddy” Driscoll, George Halas (Former head coach and owner of the Chicago Bears), and Fritz Pollard. Since Hammond was an original town, Morton HS was eligible to apply for the grant.This grant was submitted for approval by Morton’s Athletic Director, Ryan Sosnowski, on the September 1st school board meeting. The school board then approved the grant on the same day, but Morton just recently used this grant to pay for helmet and equipment reconditioning for the Football team.

Athletic Director Ryan Sosnowski, and the Morton HS Athletic Department would like to thank the NFL Foundation for the generous contribution that was used to help improve the safety and wellness of our current student athletes, and the many more to come.



The National Football League Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football. The NFL Foundation in conjunction with the 32 NFL Clubs supports the health, safety, and wellness of athletes across all levels, including youth football and the communities that support our game.

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