January 3, 2005
NFL AND SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS COMMIT $200,000 GRANT TO INSTALL
SYNTHETIC SPORTS SURFACE AT BURTON HIGH SCHOOL
Award is part of $2.5 million in new grants to fields nationwide
San Francisco, CA - Burton High School will install a synthetic sports playing surface, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the National Football League (NFL) Grassroots Program, a partnership between the NFL Youth Football Fund and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). The grant, announced today by the NFL, LISC and the San Francisco 49ers, is part of $12.5 million in grants that have been awarded since 1998 to revitalize 116 playing fields in underserved neighborhoods located in NFL markets nationwide.
The sports surface, scheduled for installation in the summer of 2005 and expected to be complete by the start of that school year, will be built by the San Francisco Unified School District, who will administer the grant. It will provide one of the city’s largest and most ethnically diverse high schools with a first-rate football field.
“The new turf will be a tangible sign of our Youth Football Fund in action,” said NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. “The Youth Football Fund supports all aspects of youth football, from participation, to coaching, to improving the availability of playing fields.”
The NFL Grassroots Program is funded by the NFL Youth Football Fund, a $150 million program established by the NFL and the NFL Players Association to support youth football initiatives.
LISC, a national community development support organization, identifies nonprofit, neighborhood-based agencies which have an interest in refurbishing or building fields in underserved communities, and through the Grassroots Program, provides financing and technical assistance to improve the quality and safety of fields in their local schools, parks and neighborhoods. The local agencies then oversee the construction, maintenance and programming of the fields.
“For the past seven years, the NFL and NFLPA have worked with LISC to provide safe, attractive places to play for kids in disadvantaged neighborhoods across the country,” said Michael Rubinger, LISC’s president and CEO. “We are pleased to be a part of this effort which helps to move community-based development beyond housing to include recreation, health care, education, safe streets programs and economic development initiatives.”
Other communities receiving NFL awards during this funding round are: Brookline, MA; Buffalo; Chicago; Cleveland; Detroit; Houston; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, FL; Nashville; Queens, NY; Seattle; St. Petersburg, FL; Trenton, NJ; and Washington, DC.
Football fields will be built or significantly renovated with such improvements as the installation of new irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards and goal posts.
“The NFL and NFL Players Association are proud to assist communities
where young people aspire to play football,” said Gene Upshaw, executive
director of NFLPA. “This program allows us to make an immediate impact in
neighborhoods where assistance is most needed.”
Danny Perry, (LISC) 212-455-9312, or email@example.com
Adina Ellis (NFL) 212-450-2435, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Carl Francis (NFLPA) (202) 463-2216