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Greater Lowell Tech Receives $50,000 Grant From New England Patriots Foundation

From left: Andre Tippett, seniors Jeremy Sar of Lowell, Isaiah Carrasquillo of Lowell, Kyle Proulx of Dracut, Benji Hach of Lowell and coach Shane Abrams. (Courtesy Photo Greater Lowell Tech)

TYNGSBORO — The New England Patriots Foundation has awarded Greater Lowell Tech a $50,000 grant, according to Superintendent Joseph Mastrocola.

Patriots Executive Director of Community Affairs and former professional football player Andre Tippett visited Greater Lowell Technical High School recently to award the grant to the school's football team at a special ceremony.

Also in attendance were Greater Lowell Superintendent Mastrocola, Assistant Superintendent/Principal Jill Davis, Athletic Director Mark White, the Greater Lowell Tech Football Team, Head Football Coach Shane Abrams, the Greater Lowell Tech Cheer Team and Coaches Sheila Gianacoplis and Jennifer Riley.

"We appreciate the support of the Kraft Foundation investing in our student-athletes," Mastrocola said. "This grant will go a long way in impacting our school community for many years to come."

The New England Patriots Foundation has awarded $250,000 in grants to five high school football teams this fall. In addition to Greater Lowell, Brighton High School and English High School in Jamaica Plain have also been awarded grants. In addition, Cumberland High School of Cumberland, Rhode Island and Central High School of Providence, Rhode Island have also been awarded grants by the foundation.

"Greater Lowell Tech football is extremely grateful for the generosity and kindness of the New England Patriots organization," said Head Football Coach Shane Abrams. "Their commitment to the game of football and to the student-athletes that play it, is second to none. The impact of this donation will be felt for many years to come as we continue to work toward enriching the lives of the young student-athletes that play for us. To the Kraft family and the Patriots organization, we thank you."

The grants are funded by the Patriots Foundation's Super Bowl LIII raffle.

"It was an amazing experience," said senior captain and running back Isaiah Carrasquillo, of Lowell. "For [Tippett] to come over and give this to our program means a lot."

Carrasquillo added that Tippett's words during the presentation, including treating his teammates like brothers and watching out for one another, would leave a lasting impression on he and the rest of the Greater Lowell Tech players.

The Greater Lowell Athletic Department has not made a final decision about the equipment they will purchase with the grant, although the funds will pay for items like helmets, shoulder pads, uniforms and field equipment.

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