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NFL Foundation Grassroots Program

The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program provides non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local football fields. The program is a partnership of the National Football League Foundation, which provides funding, and LISC, which provides technical assistance and manages the program. 

Detroit youth give the newly renovated Lipke Park a workout.
Detroit youth give the newly renovated Lipke Park a workout.

Athletic fields can help transform neighborhoods by offering opportunities for recreation, education and relaxation that contribute to the local quality of life. The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program seeks to redress the shortage of clean, safe and accessible football fields in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

Andre Tippett Field - Greater Newark, NJ
Oakland High School field, a multi-purpose field for football, baseball, soccer and track - Oakland, CA
The Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center - Indianapolis, IN
Youth football at a Grassroots program field in Denver
A girls soccer team, part of the Midview Local School District, practices on a Grassroots field - Grafton, OH
Long Island City High School field - Queens, NY
A marching band from Chicago Public Schools plays at the football field in Gately Park.
Football practice at Ben Davis High School field - Indianapolis, IN
Cheerleaders at Morristown High School - Morristown, NJ
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