Monday, April 27, 2020
The Justin J. Watt Foundation donated new uniforms and equipment to 35 Milwaukee Recreation middle school sports teams during the 2019-20 school year. The uniforms and equipment totaled $85,120.60 and will serve student-athletes in Milwaukee Recreation’s basketball, cheer, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball leagues.
The donations were received and distributed to the teams prior to the COVID-19 school closures.
Milwaukee Recreation, a department of Milwaukee Public Schools, provides youth sports opportunities to thousands of middle and elementary school student-athletes across dozens of leagues each year.
“The JJ Watt Foundation has been an incredible supporter of youth sports,” Milwaukee Recreation senior director Lynn Greb said. “This donation is a wonderful boost for our student-athletes and will further our mission to promote healthy lifestyles, personal development, and fun through sports and recreation.”
The JJ Watt Foundation has donated uniforms and equipment worth nearly $6 million to hundreds of schools around the nation since 2011.
“The new uniforms and equipment are a big step up from some of our previous sets,” Milwaukee Recreation youth sports manager Melissa Moutry said. “The student-athletes clearly enjoy the new gear, which will allow them to build a stronger connection to their sport going forward.”
Watt, a five-time All-Pro defensive end for the Houston Texans, is a native of Pewaukee, Wis. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year also played 26 games at the University of Wisconsin over two seasons.
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