NFL/LISC GRASSROOTS PROGRAM GRANTS $2.5 MILLION FOR NEW AND REFURBISHED COMMUNITY FOOTBALL FIELDS IN 15 CITIES

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NFL/LISC GRASSROOTS PROGRAM GRANTS $2.5 MILLION FOR NEW AND REFURBISHED COMMUNITY FOOTBALL FIELDS IN 15 CITIES 

Nearly $40 million committed since 1998, resulting in 306 neighborhood fields                                                                       

Community organizations, schools and parks in 15 cities across the country will receive grants totaling $2.5 million to build or refurbish neighborhood football fields, it was announced today. 

The NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Program, a partnership between the NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s leading community development support organization, has committed nearly $40 million to the program since 1998, supporting the creation or refurbishment of 306 fields nationwide.

Funding will include new fields, or field enhancements, in Aurora, Colo.; Detroit, Mich.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Ms.; La Crosse, Wis.; Newark, N.J.; Oakland, Calif.; Peoria, Ill.; Rochester, N.Y.; St. Louis, Mo.; Saint Paul, Minn.; Sylva, N.C.; Tampa, Fla.; Tempe, Ariz.; and Windber, Penn.

Fields are newly built or significantly renovated, with improvements including irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf. Grassroots grants are issued once established funding thresholds are reached for each project.

“The NFL Foundation and LISC are dedicated to improving the quality and safety of fields in communities nationwide,” said NFL senior vice president of social responsibility ANNA ISAACSON. “The field refurbishments help increase sports participation and benefit the overall health of youth and our communities. 

In an effort to incorporate and improve health and safety on community football fields, the NFL Foundation and LISC have collaborated with USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States. Each year, applicants who demonstrate a commitment to continuing maintenance and field safety, and who seek to involve youth football programs that are part of the USA Football Heads Up Football initiative, are given special consideration.

In addition to the $2.5 million in grants awarded by the NFL Foundation and LISC, ESPN has donated $50,000 to be used by grantees in Kansas City and Saint Paul to help cover the costs of field improvements. 

“These fields are useful in so many ways,” said Michael Rubinger, LISC president and CEO. “Local organizations can promote good physical fitness, teamwork and community spirit – all critical elements of neighborhood health. The NFL Foundation has been a great partner in creating these essential community assets.”

LISC identifies local, nonprofit, community-based agencies that have an interest in building or refurbishing football fields in schools and neighborhood parks. Through the program, the local agencies are provided with the necessary financing and technical assistance to improve the quality and safety of fields in their communities. The agencies oversee the construction, maintenance and programming of the fields.

 

About the NFL Foundation

The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities which support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit: NFLFoundation.org

About LISC

LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help nonprofit community development corporations revitalize distressed neighborhoods. Since 1980, LISC has raised more than $14.7 billion to build or rehab more than 330,000 affordable homes and develop 53 million square feet of retail, community and educational space nationwide. LISC support has leveraged nearly $44.1 billion in total development activity. For more information, visit www.lisc.org.