Brooks awarded grants to 25 schools this year, each with its own challenges and needs. In one district, every student qualified for the federal free and reduced lunch program; at another school, a coach paid out of pocket for all meet entries and pay-to-play fees.
A Brooks Booster Club grant includes:
- $12,400 worth of Brooks running shoes, racing uniforms, sweats and accessories (enough gear to completely outfit 30 athletes)
- $2,000 for team expenses, such as pay-to-play fees, meet entry fees and transportation costs
Booster Club grants have given more than $1.2 million in cash and running gear to schools in need since it began in 2015. Those gifts helped more than 3,500 athletes.