State Farm Donates $10,000 to Sand Springs Youth Football Association | Sports

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Like a good neighbor, State Farm is here to support the Sand Springs football community.

State Farm agent Eric Davidson presented a check for $10,000 to the Sand Springs Youth Football Association Friday morning at Memorial Stadium as part of the company’s community grants program.

Davidson was one of 100 officers across the country who was recognized for his community involvement and was selected to submit a grant for a community program of his choice.

State Farm representative John Burnett said the company is looking at “what’s going on in the community, the agent’s involvement in the community and the program the grant is focused on.”

The Sand Springs Youth Football Association “is overwhelmed by this gracious donation,” said manager Dustin Little. “We would like to thank Eric Davidson for his ongoing support of youth sports in our community at all levels, both as a coach and through his philanthropy.

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“Eric has been coaching for us since 2014, both basketball and football, and we have enjoyed watching his two sons grow and develop over the years.”

For Davidson, the program is less about the sport and more about the life lessons it teaches.

“There are so many children who need guidance,” he said. “They need direction, and coaching is one of the best ways to get involved.

“To me, there’s not much better than being able to coach kids and hopefully leave them better off than when you started.

The funds will cover the cost of 87 sets of shoulder pads and 19 new helmets for the organization, which has 226 players in grades one through seven. The association also has an incentive program, bringing its membership to over 400.

“We have agreed to use this donation for a specific purpose, and that is to keep our Sand Springs kids safe in playing the sport they love,” Little said. “We try to renew our equipment every year. We are one of the few remaining clubs that still provide equipment for children.

“With our demographics, it would be very difficult to tell parents that they have to buy this equipment.”

The organization charges parents $200 to $250 per season, depending on when they sign up. It’s not uncommon to spend more than that on shoulder pads and helmets alone.

Having a feeding program like the Sand Springs Youth Football Association has been crucial to the success of Sandite football, said college head coach Bobby Klinck.

“It’s the lifeblood of any high school curriculum,” he said. “It really is the gateway to what I consider to be one of the best sports, if not the best sport, to play. So it’s vital.

“It’s been great since I got here,” said Klinck, entering his third season at the helm.

Klinck also praised organizations such as State Farm for supporting both youth programs and prep programs.

“Football can be a major cog in educating young men and teaching them life lessons,” he said. “So it’s a huge deal, and this community has just given. Everything I ever asked for, they found a way to do it. In my opinion, this is one of the best communities I have ever been part of.”

Davidson’s eldest son, Brighton, will be a freshman on Klinck’s team this year, and his youngest, Kingston, will be in seventh grade.

“From a life lessons perspective, it’s kind of hard to put into words ‘how special’ it is to watch them grow into young men,” he said.

“It was a really enriching experience. That’s why I chose to partner with Dustin and do this.

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