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JJ Watt donates nearly $2K for football helmets to Augusta Middle School

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JJ Watt donated $1,910 to Augusta Middle School for football helmets, according to a Facebook post from the foundation last week. JJ Watt donated $1,910 to Augusta Middle School for football helmets, according to a Facebook post from the foundation last week.

Augusta (WQOW) - A well-known football player donated enough money to buy an area middle school football helmets for their team.

The Justin J. Watt Foundation donated $1,910 to Augusta Middle School for 20 new football helmets. Coaches told News 18 that the team's old football helmets were at the end of their life span and showing wear-and-tear. The school's budget was tight and they weren't able to afford new ones on their own.

"I know the guys have been really excited about getting this equipment, we've already tried on half the helmets already and pass them around," said Aaron Sands, the Augusta Middle School football coach.

"It's a big surprise that a football player was thinking of a team that was out of his area of play and it was really generous of him to donate his helmets," said seventh grade player Jacob Engserom.

The JJ Watt Foundation, founded by JJ Watt, helps to provide after-school opportunities for children in the community, to become more involved in athletics. JJ Watt, a Pewaukee native, played football for the Wisconsin Badgers during the 2009-2010 seasons. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2011, and continues to play for the NFL team.

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