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NFL Grassroots Grant Ribbon Cutting at University Academy

When we think of community development, the obvious elements come to mind first: streets, business, sidewalks, and buildings. It’s easy to overlook the people – the faces of a neighborhood. Greater Kansas City LISC is committed to both the people and the place, and that’s why we are a proud partner of the NFL Grassroots program, a partnership with the NFL Foundation.

This year, University Academy, located at 68th and Holmes was one of only 17 schools across the country to receive an NFL Grassroots grant. They received the maximum grant amount of $250,000 to install a new synthetic turf, replacing what once was an unleveled field with rocks and potholes – an unsafe place for their athletes to practice.

As an organization committed to safety and revitalization of distressed neighborhoods, Greater Kansas City LISC sees this project as a critical improvement in Kansas City. “Our mission at LISC is to help build healthy and resilient communities of opportunity and choice – good places to live, work, do business, visit and raise families,” said Maurice Jones, LISC’s national president and CEO. “Developing quality recreational assets and experiences is a key part of that journey, and the NFL has been a committed partner in making that happen.

Since 1998, the NFL Grassroots program has committed nearly $43 million to support football field renovations and improvements including irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf.