Steelers, NFL donate thousands to Clay High School's football program

The Clay County High School football team is ready for this upcoming season thanks to a donation from the Pittsburgh Steelers and the National Football League.

The team lost all of its equipment, and the field was damaged after June flooding.

Clay County School Superintendent Joe Paxton said the Steelers recently donated $15,000 to the team. The NFL took it a step further, matching that donation with another $15,000 for a total of $30,000.

The money will be used for buying more equipment and getting the field back to top condition.

The Steelers also paid bus fare for the entire Clay High football team to travel to Pittsburgh, to watch the Steelers play against the Cleveland Browns in January. It's a game the Steelers ultimately won.

Those donations were made last month.

The team was able to play football this past season, with the help of community donations. But the team wasn't fully equipped.

Thanks to the Steelers and NFL, they now are.

Back in the summer, prior to the donation, the Steelers paid for the team to travel to their training camp, where the students got to talk with the players and coach.

Robert Morris, a teacher and vocational administrator at Clay High School, went along on both trips.

"We just had a great time in Pittsburgh," Morris said. "The players were so grateful to our players, and it was awesome. Charlie Batch came in and gave a pep talk to our players on one of the practice fields."

The Steelers also provided each of the kids with $10 when they went up in January, so they could buy lunch.

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