NFL and LISC announce $2.5 million in field grants as part of NFL Grassroots Program

Grants are part of 13-Year, $30 Million NFL Commitment Enhancing Low-Income Communities.

24 Jun 2011


Clare Graff, NFL
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Gordon Walek, LISC
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For Immediate Release:

June 24, 2011

The National Football League Grassroots Program is supporting the development and renovation of community fields with 13 new grants totaling $2.5 million being directed to schools, parks and facilities across the country, it was announced today.

A partnership between the NFL Youth Football Fund and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the NFL Grassroots Program has awarded more than $30 million in grants over 13 years to local nonprofits focused on the health and welfare of their communities, especially the children in their neighborhoods. The latest round of grants supports new and upgraded fields in the following NFL markets:

Team Affiliation Field Location
Arizona Cardinals Phoenix, AZ; Riverside Elementary School District
Atlanta Falcons Atlanta, GA; Park Pride
Buffalo Bills Buffalo, NY; Buffalo Legacy Project
Chicago Bears Chicago,IL; Parkways Foundation
Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati, OH; Cincinnati Public School District
Cleveland Browns Toledo, OH; east Toldeo Junior Football League
Minnesota Vikings Minneapolis, MN; Minneapolis Public Schools
New England Patriots Nashua, NH; Nashua School District
New Orleans Saints New Orleans, LA; Algiers Economic Development Foundation
Philadelphia Eagles Camden, NJ; Camden Board of Education
St. Louis Rams St. Louis, MO; PHL, Inc./St/ Louis Public School District
San Diego Chargers San Diego, CA; Sweetwater Union High School District
San Francisco 49ers San Francisco, CA; South San Francisco Unified School Dist.

“We are pleased to work with LISC to provide young people with access to quality playing fields where children can ‘play 60’ in a safe environment ,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “Community fields are pillars of their neighborhoods, where kids and their families bond with each other and their peers. It’s what the NFL is all about.”

The NFL Grassroots Program is administrated by the NFL Youth Football Fund and LISC, the nation’s leading community development support corporation. The program has resulted in the construction or renovation of 243 football fields nationwide since its inception. Fields are newly built or significantly renovated, with improvements such as irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf. Grassroots grants are issued once established funding thresholds are reached for each project.

“These fields are a critical part of our efforts to create sustainable communities – places where people want to live, work and raise families,” said Michael Rubinger, LISC’s president and CEO. “Through their contributions, the NFL and NFLPA are not only creating places for young people to compete in football and other sports, they’re also making countless neighborhoods better and stronger.”

About the NFL Youth Football Fund

Established in 1998 by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, the NFL Youth Football Fund seeks to use football as a catalyst to promote positive youth development, support youth and high school football needs nationwide and also ensure the health of grassroots football in future generations. Through the YFF’s youth football initiatives and support programs, youngsters are provided with opportunities to learn the game of football, get physically fit and stay involved in productive after-school activities with adult mentors. For more information, visit

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 $11.1 billion to build or rehab more than 277,000 affordable homes and develop 44 million square feet of retail, community and educational space nationwide. LISC support has leveraged nearly $33.9 billion in total development activity. For more information, visit


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