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Peyton Manning congratulates Monument Pop Warner team for winning grant

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Former Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning was the one to break the news to the Monument Blizzard that the team had won a $10,000 grant from Riddell for new equipment.

Manning recorded a 1:29 video letting the Pop Warner team know it had won the grant, which will go toward funding new helmets, shoulder pads and other equipment for the team.

"It makes me happy for the game of football," Manning said in the video message. "With teams like the Blizzard practicing smarter football every day, I know it's in the best of hands."

In a Facebook post on Tuesday the team said it would use the money to help out kids who want to play football, but might not be able to afford it. 

"We plan on using this grant to help ensure that no child is ever unable to play football because of family financial situations that would otherwise prevent it. Football equipment is expensive and we will ensure all of our players have quality gear and afforded the same opportunities others have. This is my commitment to the community that I love," The team said in a Facebook post. 

Riddell received hundreds of entries and Monument's team was one of 10 winners selected across the country.

Prairie High School in New Raymer, Colorado was one of the other winners.

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