Power to Play Grants awarded
The Alabama Power Foundation’s Power To Play program will award 32 grants to high school athletic programs across the state. Each grant is for $2,500 and will help the schools increase participation.
Grant recipients were determined through an online voting process, which gave communities across the state the chance to show their support for the competing schools. To be eligible to receive a grant, schools needed to reach a minimum of 250 votes.
“Participation in high school sports fosters accountability, dedication and leadership skills and is correlated to higher academic achievement,” said John Hudson, president of the Alabama Power Foundation. “The foundation is proud to support student athletes
across the state through Power To Play.”
The 2015 Power To Play grant winners are:
Alexandria High School
Alma Bryant High School – Irvington
Appalachian High School – Oneonta
Ashford High School
Ashville High School
Autaugaville High School
Billingsley High School
Carroll High School – Ozark
Central High School – Hayneville
Cordova High School
Dadeville High School
Dale County High School – Midland City
Demopolis High School
Dora High School
Eufaula High School
Florala High School
Fultondale High School
Gadsden City High School
Gaston High School – Gadsden
Greenville High School
Houston County High School – Columbia
J.F. Shields High School – Beatrice
Jemison High School
Monroe County High School – Monroeville
Montevallo High School
Oakman High School
Opelika High School
South Lamar High School – Millport
St. Clair County High School – Odenville
Sweet Water High School
Vigor High School – Prichard
Williamson High School – Mobile.
This is the second year for the Power To Play grant program, which focuses on the importance of keeping students active in sports. Research shows that students who participate in athletics get better grades and are more likely to graduate from high school, among other benefits.
Since the Alabama Power Foundation’s creation in 1989 with funds donated by shareholders, it has provided Alabama communities, educational institutions and nonprofits support with nonratepayer money through more than 20,000 grants and scholarships. To find out more about the Alabama Power Foundation and its charitable initiatives, please visit www.powerofgood.com.
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