The Springfield Middle School Bulldogs recently learned the team was one of 10 chosen as a winner of Riddell’s Smarter Football program, a news release said. 

The recipients of a $10,000 equipment grant, the team was notified with a congratulatory message from Riddell brand ambassador Peyton Manning.

The program received more than 700 applications this year, spanning youth to high school teams that have demonstrated a commitment to a smarter, safer game, the release said.

All Springfield Middle School coaches are certified in proper tackling techniques, which they work to teach to their players, along with a focus on ways to properly train their bodies off the field and in the weight room. With their hometown often affected by natural disasters, the coaches and players step up regularly to lend a hand to their community and keep a positive attitude, the release said.