LISC, NFL and the Oakland raiders team up to build new middle school field

As part of the NFL and LISC's decade long partnership, The Oakland Raiders teamed up with the NFL Youth Football Fund, LISC, and the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) to help build a new sports field behind James Madison Middle School in the Sobrante Park area of East Oakland. Tuesday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to officially open the Madison/Sobrante Park Field.

Raiders Help Build Madison-Sobrante Park Field

27 Dec 2012 - Rebecca Corman, Raiders.com

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The Oakland Raiders teamed up with the NFL Youth Football Fund, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) to help build a new sports field behind James Madison Middle School in the Sobrante Park area of East Oakland. Tuesday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to officially open the Madison/Sobrante Park Field.

LISC and the Raiders have been instrumental in building sports fields throughout the East Bay. In May 2011, the Raiders attended the grand opening of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Richmond, Calif., after providing a grant in 2009. "We're a non-profit organization and we help communities create great places to live, work and play," said Stephanie Forbes, executive director of Bay Area LISC. "We're a little behind the scenes. Our job is to help build the capacity and bring resources to organizations, schools, and help build parks, help build schools, help build affordable housing, and all the key ingredients that make for a quality of life for everybody."

In order to obtain the funds necessary to build the new field, many different organizations and people worked together. Ken Lupoff, executive director of Friends of Oakland Parks and Recreation, was thrilled to see the hard work of so many dedicated individuals pay off. "We helped with the initial stages of fundraising," said Lupoff, while addressing the crowd. "We administered the LISC NFL grant and made sure that the money was channeled to OUSD and used to help seed this field. I want to thank everybody who participated in this. It's been an honor and a privilege to play a role in building this fantastic field for this neighborhood and I hope you kids use it every day of the year and have a lot of fun with it."

The new field takes the place of a surface that was filled with weeds, debris, crime, and was a generally unsafe environment. "I said to a lot of individuals that came out today, you really have no context if you were not here when you saw the field before this amazing field," said James Madison Middle School Principal Dr. Lucinda Taylor. "When you talk about weeds and trash and debris and cars set on fire, kids afraid to come at the back of the school, to now just kind of a resurgence of energy and excitement and game play and just protection, it's just amazing. Not just physically different for the kids, they've internalized also some appreciation for themselves." Continued[+]...

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