The Dougherty Comprehensive High School Basketball program has been awarded an $11,000 grant to support operations and buy equipment through the Icy Hot "Get Game Ready" program.
Wednesday, The Shaquille O’Neal Foundation and longtime Shaquille O’Neal partner Icy Hot® announced the 23 U.S. high schools being awarded Get Game Ready grants, closing out the program launched in September 2020 to help high school athletic programs financially burdened by the pandemic. Between Sept. 25 and Oct. 31, 136 Title I U.S. public high schools from across the country applied requesting varying amounts of money for a wide range of needs, including personal protective equipment (PPE), uniforms, reusable water bottles, transportation costs and sports gear.
Dougherty High was among the 23 nation-wide recipients of the grant. The school intends to use the funds on personal protective equipment, uniforms, and sports gear and sports equipment.
Icy Hot helped fund Get Game Ready grants by donating $1 (up to $400,000) to The Shaquille O’Neal Foundation for every box of Icy Hot sold, helping a total of 23 schools across the country. The grant committee considered a number of factors when selecting recipients and determining individual award amounts, including the collective impact on the students, the specific ask and overall need, the total budget available and the various regional COVID-19 protocols. Get Game Ready grants were distributed before December 31, 2020, and school recipients must use the funds for eligible expenses associated with their next active high school sports season.