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You Received a Grant for Your High School Weight Room. Now What?

Joe Kenn | Vice President of Performance Education



Establishing a budget for a high school weight room can be a pain staking task. Asking the school’s administration for funds, the schools booster club or a former athlete who is now a professional for a donation is a formidable task.


You decided to go a more formidable path. As an educator, you did your due diligence, filled out the specific paperwork, detailed the reasoning’s behind the ask, and you were awarded a grant from the school district! Congratulations. I would guess, you had to be specific in the equipment you were hoping to purchase and why it would be important to the school and more importantly to the students that are in your care. The question that I ask is, what were your main asks?


If I were allotted grant money for my program, my first emphasis would be on the equipment choices that can allow the most amount of people to participate in a large group setting. For me, that means products that relate specifically to my Block Zero Program and for the general population physical education students. I would focus on the number of bands, medicine balls, kettlebells, mini hurdle, jump ropes etc. to build out my large group training medleys as my students progress from bodyweight movements to adding external resistance and progressing through movement drills. This equipment is also a key component to the training of our advanced athletes and it allows for more training diversity in the weight room and on the field.


If this type of equipment is already in abundance, you could look at highly advanced options such as GPS or Velocity Based Units if you are technologically sound. You may have your eye on a specialty piece of equipment to helps protect the athlete such as a head and neck isolator, an inverse curl, or a reverse hyperextension. And if you are truly starting a room from scratch, your best option would be a rack and bench combination as well as barbells, plates, and dumbbells.


The biggest take away I could recommend is, if there is a available grant money, do your homework. Create a true needs analysis of your present equipment, speak to your staff, the athletic trainers, the sport coaches, and athletic director to put together your best presentation.


Wishing all Fall sport coaches the best this upcoming season.


Best Success and #wordswin

Coach Kenn



4 Comments


Theo Hernandez
Theo Hernandez
Jun 22, 2023

It's a good question, if I were to receive a grant for a very good amount, I can say with full confidence that I would spend the money on the sports and technical component of the students' education. Sports, of course, for health, and technical to develop their knowledge and skills in the field of IT, because once I visit a website on writing programs, writing programming languages, etc., where my eyes were opened to the future and I want children to develop this knowledge, because we live in the twenty-first century, and we cannot do without IT knowledge. So, yes, I would spend a fortune if I had the opportunity.

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Theo Hernandez
Theo Hernandez
Jun 14, 2023

If I were to receive a grant, I would direct it towards sports and language, because our educational institution is sinking in this regard, just as it was in my time. When I was still studying, we didn't have a qualified foreign language teacher, so I used the services of a translation service, for example, they helped me translate from Thai into English https://www.translate.com/thai-english, which saved me a lot, because I didn't understand Thai at all. Thus, I would like to give students the opportunity to develop themselves physically and become more international through knowledge of foreign languages.

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Hi, it's a very cool proposal on how to use the grant for the school, namely in the field of physical education, which, in my opinion, is a rather urgent issue, because nowadays boys and girls do not take much care of their physical form. At one time we received a proposal phd candidate that contained almost the same content as your article, in which he described what would need to be purchased for specific age groups, what exercises would need to be performed with this equipment. I'd like to add my own words of gratitude, thank you for this article, it will be useful to everyone.

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Billi Jean
Billi Jean
Apr 06, 2023

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