Riddell surprised the V.I. Department of Education when it told DOE that it was chosen as a winner of Riddell’s ‘18 in 18’ Smarter Football program.
The team was notified with a special congratulatory message from Riddell brand ambassador Peyton Manning. Riddell’s annual program received nearly 1,400 applications this year and is donating equipment to 18 winning programs across the country, spanning youth to college, that have demonstrated their commitment to a smarter, safer game.
The U.S. Virgin Islands football programs are committed to growing the game of football by teaching “heads-up” blocking and tackling techniques to players of all ages. Coaches must complete NFHS Learn courses in fundamentals of coaching, coaching football theory, first aid health and safety, concussions and blocking and tackling, before they can be actively involved with a team.