Grant Info


Over $60,000 given to Mass. high school football since 2010

BOSTON, MA, APRIL 8, 2015 – The Silvio Cella Family Foundation today announced the 2015 recipients of its annual grant program, providing high school football teams in Massachusetts funding to help improve playing conditions, increase player safety and participation, build teamwork, pride and confidence. Annually, four high school football programs are selected to each receive a $3,000 grant to help players and coaches be successful on the field and prepare student-athletes for college, careers and family. Since established in 2010, the Silvio Cella Family Foundation has donated over $60,000 to high school football programs throughout Massachusetts.

The 2015 recipients of the Silvio Cella Family Foundation grants are:

North: Medford High School — Coach Jason Nascimento
South: Weymouth High School — Coach Kevin Mackin
Central: Bartlett High School — Coach Dave Laboissonniere
West: Hoosac Valley High School — Coach Dayne Poirot

“This much needed grant money will help these football programs to improve player safety and upgrade facilities and equipment, and build a sense of teamwork and community in these schools,” said Michael Cella, president, Silvio Cella Family Foundation. “We are honored to carry on my Dad’s legacy and support high school football in Massachusetts.”

Each school receives $3,000 from the Silvio Cella Family Foundation, to be used to support their football programs, per MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association) guidelines.

“Silvio Cella was an innovator on the field, and a champion for athletes and coaches. He motivated his players and those around him to give 100 percent, not only in football but especially in the classroom, at home and in the community,” Cella added. “The Silvio Cella Family Foundation is committed to player safety, and to preserving the integrity of high school football for generations to come.”

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The 2014 recipients of the Silvio Cella Family Foundation grants:

North: Greater Lowell Technical High School, Coach Shane Abrams
South: Cathedral High School, Coach Duane Sigsbury
Central: Doherty High School, Coach Sean Mulcahy
West: Monument Mountain Regional High School, Coach Bill LaGrant

SLI Training 2014

The 2014 Silvio Cella Family Foundation grant recipients participating in a concussion education program hosted by the Cella Foundation and Sports Legacy Institute (SLI). Special thanks to Chris Nowinski, executive director of SLI, and our football coaches from Greater Lowell Tech, Cathedral, Doherty and Monument Mountain Regional High Schools who attended.

In 2014, the Silvio Cella Family Foundation  partnered with the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) — a non-profit organization that strives to advance the study, treatment, and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups — to provide concussion education to each of the schools receiving grants. SLI’s Advanced Concussion Training program, to be led by SLI co-founder Chris Nowinski, will fulfill mandatory training requirements for all high school coaches and trainers as part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health annual certification. Players from each team will also participate in a concussion awareness lecture as part of the SLI Community Educators program (SLICE).

“We’re pleased to partner with the Silvio Cella Family Foundation on this effort to educate high school coaches and players, and to raise awareness about concussions,” added Chris Nowinski, SLI founding executive director. “Much attention is focused at the college and professional levels, but our youth and high school athletes need to be tuned in as well.”

About SLI
The Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 2007 by Dr. Robert Cantu and Christopher Nowinski to “solve the concussion crisis” by advancing the study, treatment, and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups. SLI achieves this mission through education and prevention programs, advocacy, policy development, and support of medical research. SLI collaborates with the Boston University CTE Center and supports the SLI-BU CTE Brain Bank. For more information please visit

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Making our grant presentation at Cathedral High School in Boston, with Dr. Oscar Santos (left), head of school, and Suzanne Heffernan.


Michael talking with the Cathedral High School football team.

Silvio Cella Family Foundation making one of our 2014 grant presentations at Doherty High School in Worcester. Check out the local news coverage: (starts at 3:35)

Monument Mountain 2014

Making the grant presentation a Monument Mountain Regional High School.

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2013 grant recipients – Northeast Metro Tech, Randolph, Blackstone-Millville Regional and Smith Vocational & Agricultural High Schools – receive $3,000 each for football programs

Northeast Voc PHOTO

Blackstone Millville Regional PHOTO

Smith Voc PHOTO

Previous recipients of the Silvio Cella Family Foundation grants were: Lawrence High School, Jeremiah Burke High School (Boston), Millis High School and Ware High School (2012); and Framingham High School, Fitchburg High School and Pioneer Valley Regional High School (2011).


Each school receives $3,000 from the Silvio Cella Family Foundation, to be used to support their football programs, as outlined in the MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association) guidelines.

The Silvio Cella Family Foundation also makes a special donation to the Revere High School football program, recognizing Coach Cella’s commitment and pride in RHS football, as the longtime football coach and athletic director at the school.

For more information about Coach Cella, the Foundation or our grant program, please  contact Gina Cella (

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2012 Grant Recipients (l to r) Coach Byron Beaman, Jeremiah Burke H.S./Boston, Coach Dale Olmstead, Millis H.S., Michael Cella, Gina Cella, Coach Robert Slattery, Ware H.S. Not pictured: Coach Michael Yameen, Lawrence H.S.

Cella Foundation Awards 2012 GrantsBoston Globe North

Cella Foundation Awards Grant to Millis H.S. – Boston Globe West

Cella Foundation Awards First Grants Boston Globe

Framingham Football Receives Cella Grant Boston Globe

Framingham Awarded Grant for New Football Equipment Metro West Daily News

Fitchburgh High Football Program Awarded $3,000 Grant – Sentinal and Enterprise

Cella Family Foundation is Up and Running – Salem News