JJ Watt Foundation Donates New Uniforms and Equipment to 35 Milwaukee Recreation Youth Sports Teams
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. Over the weekend, the Foundation released this video to share the news.
The donations were received and distributed to the teams prior to the COVID-19 school closures.
Milwaukee Recreation provides youth sports opportunities to thousands of middle and elementary school student-athletes across dozens of leagues each year.
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.
Milwaukee Recreation is a department of Milwaukee Public Schools, established in 1911 to enrich and strengthen the community by promoting healthy lifestyles, personal development, and fun through memorable recreational and educational experiences for people of all age and abilities. For more information, visit MilwaukeeRecreation.net or contact Claire McHugh (Claire@mkerec.net) at (414) 475-8634 or Brian Hoffer (Brian@mkerec.net) at (414) 475-8938.