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Molokai High wins equipment grant for safe tackling technique

Peyton Manning congratulates Molokai High School after winning an equipment award. (Image: Riddell) Peyton Manning congratulates Molokai High School after winning an equipment award. (Image: Riddell)

By Tyne Phillips
HNN Fall Intern

Molokai High School's football team is one of just 18 programs across the country selected for a special equipment grant.

Football star Peyton Manning announced Molokai had won the grant as part of equipment manufacturer's "18 in 18 Smarter Football" program. 

Riddell partnered with Manning to offer the competitive grants. 

Out of about 1,400 applicants, just 18 teams were chosen.

“I am proud to help Riddell shine a light on these outstanding football programs,” Manning said, in a news release. “I hope we continue to see more teams follow the lead of this incredible collection of  coaches, players, administrators and parents.”

Each year, football teams across the country apply to the Smarter Football program.

This year, most of the recipients showed their dedication to teaching smarter tactics on and off the field.

Coaches at Molokai High School won the grant for their use of “hawk tackling.” The tackling technique teaches students to use their shoulders and not their heads. When the team is off the field, they take time to analyze footage and discuss how to improve their techniques.

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