2012 NFL Grassroots Awards

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Tempe, AZ
Fallbrook,CA
Salinas, CA
Denver, CO
Miami, FL
Chicago, IL
Baltimore, MD
Attleboro, MA
Detroit, MI
Minneapolis, MN
Kansas City, MO
Long Island City, NY
Niagara Falls, NY
Canton, OH
Cleves, OH
Norristown, PA
Richmond, VA
Everett, WA
Manitowoc, WI

Tempe, AZ

Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley

Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley has been awarded a $200,000 NFL Grassroots Program grant to help build a synthetic surface playing field at the Guadalupe Boys & Girls Club.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley is a community –based character building youth development organization. The organization was founded in 1963 when a group of concerned citizens in Tempe, AZ met with the purpose of starting a Boys Club in the downtown Tempe area. Since 1963, it has grown into an organization that is spread throughout the Arizona’s East Valley, proving quality after school, vacation day and summer day camp programs for youth and teens, ages 5-18.

Boys & Girls Clubs of East Valley will build a multi purpose playing field on a vacant lot adjacent to the Guadalupe Boys & Girls Club. Guadalupe is a Native American and Hispanic community of about 5,500 residents between Phoenix and Tempe, at the base of South Mountain. Guadalupe is a low-income community that lacks parks and recreation facilities. There are currently no football or multi-purpose fields. The Town of Guadalupe has agreed to allow the Boys & Girls Club to develop a vacant lot adjacent to the Club to build the new field. The field will feature synthetic turf, field lighting and an irrigation system. The field will be open to the public and used for clinics, tournaments, leagues and multiple sports offerings including flag football.

The grant will be matched with donations from the local community and the project has the support of the Arizona Cardinals.


Fallbrook,CA

Fallbrook Union High School

Fallbrook Union High School was awarded a $50,000 grant from the NFL Grassroots Program to help build a press box at Warrior Stadium located at Fallbrook Union High School.

Fallbrook Union High School (FUHS) is the single, comprehensive high school located within the 350 square miles of Fallbrook school district. It is the second oldest high school in San Diego County with a total student population of 2,633. Fallbrook Union has a long history of supporting community athletics. The school maintains a 32 year relationship with the Fallbrook Pop Warner youth football league. The school has collaborated with other organizations such as Fallbrook American Youth Football and Fallbrook Amateur Athletic Union Football. Warrior Stadium is the only football field located in the district and is used by the larger community as well as the student body The construction of the press box will allow Fallbrook Union High School to participate in more athletic competitions and will be meet necessary design codes and regulations.

Fallbrook Union will match the grant with funds raised from the community and in-kind services from local businesses.


Salinas, CA

Public Recreation Unlimited

Public Recreation Unlimited has been awarded a $200,000 grant by the NFL Grassroots Program to assist in the installation of a new synthetic turf at the Salinas Sports Complex.

Public Recreation Unlimited, Inc (PRU) is a charitable non-profit organization that is the fundraising arm of the California Rodeo Association. PRU was formed in 1970 to raise funds to make improvements on properties devoted to recreational purposes.

Public Recreation Unlimited has embarked on a large scale capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art stadium in Salinas, CA. The project site is the former site of Salinas Municipal Stadium which was in a state of disrepair for several years. The new stadium will feature a 90,000 square foot artificial playing turf, seating capacity for 5,000, field lighting and a scoreboard.

The field will be used by local schools and youth football leagues, benefitting 600 players. The project has the support of the San Francisco 49ers.


Denver, CO

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver will use a $50,000 grant from the NFL Grassroots Program to assist with the installation of new field lights for the football field at their J.Churchill Owen Branch.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver (BGCMD) serves more than 10,500 young men and women at sixteen locations throughout Denver. J.Churchill Owen was the first Denver branch opened in 1966. The Owen branch is located in Westwood near a public housing complex in an area that is deemed a food dessert and lacks available play spaces. The Owen branch is one of only three Club branches that have a football field. The field is used regularly throughout the year as other branches travel to play there. The existing lighting structures were removed recently due to safety concerns. The lack of lighting made the field less accessible and limited the schedule. BGCMD will install new energy efficient lighting that will utilize less space than the precious light fixtures and save half the money.

The football field at J. Churchill Owen is used by 448 youth football players and the project has the support of the Denver Broncos.


Miami, FL

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade

The NFL Grassroots Program awarded Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade a $200,000 grant to assist with the installation of a new synthetic turf field at Tropical Park Stadium.

Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade serves 10,000 children annually in five clubs throughout Miami-Dade County. Clubs are open every day, after school and on weekends, providing positive productive outlets. The Club provides educational, tutorial, and recreational services.

Tropical Park opened in 1978 and hosts over 1 million visitors annually. It is home for five local high schools and hosts 35 high school football games annually, with a total of 110,000 athletes utilizing the field. Due to this high usage, Boys & Girls Club of Miami will upgrade the existing natural football field surface with a synthetic playing surface. The new field surface will allow for increased usage by the members of the Boys & Girls Club, local youth football leagues and local high schools.

The NFL Grassroots Program award will be matched with funds from the City of Miami.


Chicago, IL

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

With the help of a $200,000 NFL Grassroots Program grant award, the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council will install a new synthetic surface playing field at Kelly Park.

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council is a community-based, nonprofit organization serving a low-income working class neighborhood on Chicago’s southwest side. BPNC is a community-based, grassroots organization that unites community leader and neighborhood based institutions to help create safer communities. In 2011, over 350 Brighton Park community members united to voice the dire need for public officials to step up and renovate Kelly Park.

Kelly Park is located in the Brighton Park community of Chicago, a location considered a “park desert” and used by 1350 youth athletes. The renovation of Kelly Park includes a new turf football field, goalposts, bleachers and field lighting. BPNC will partner with the Chicago Park District, the agency that manages field programming for Kelly Park, on the renovation project.

The grant will be matched with funds from the Chicago Park District. The Chicago Bears support this project.


Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Curriculum Project

Baltimore Curriculum Project has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the NFL Grassroots Program to build a synthetic surface football field at the City Springs Community Athletic Complex.

Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) was founded in 1996 to provide Baltimore City Schools with effective curricula, training, and management support. BCP currently operates four neighborhood charter schools in East Baltimore: City Springs School, Collington Square School, Hampstead Hill Academy, and Wolfe Street Academy.

Baltimore Curriculum Project will build the City Springs Community Athletic Complex adjacent to City Springs School on a space that is currently dilapidated with a broken blacktop surface and littered field. The Complex will include a multi-purpose artificial turf field, playground, running track, concession building, bleachers and security fencing. The Complex will be utilized by 640 students at City Spring School, including the middle school and elementary football teams.

Baltimore City Schools will match the grant.


Attleboro, MA

Attleboro High School

Attleboro High School is the recipient of a $200,000 NFL Grassroots Program grant to help replace the existing grass football field at Tozier-Cassidy with a synthetic playing surface.

A team comprised of representatives from the high school, city administration and the City Recreation Department have worked together to formulate a plan to renovate Tozier-Cassidy field.

Tozier-Cassidy Field is located at Attleboro High School, within a half mile of the City’s largest public family housing complex. Tozier-Cassidy field has been underutilized for ten years due to drainage problems. As currently constructed, the field is used only by Attleboro’s High School Football team and one youth football league. Plans call for a total rehab of the complex and will include a new multi-sport synthetic turf field, lighting, spectator bleaches, press box, concession stands and restrooms. The installation of the synthetic surface and infrastructure improvements will allow neighboring public schools and approximately 300 local youth football players.

The City of Attleboro will match the NFL Grassroots Program grant.


Detroit, MI

Detroit PAL

Detroit PAL has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the NFL Grassroots Program to help build a new synthetic surface football field at Chandler Park.

PAL’s mission, in partnership with the Detroit Police Department and nearly 1,500 trained, certified volunteers, is to build character in over 10,000 low-income, under-served youth through athletic and leadership programs.

Detroit PAL is spearheading the initiative to install a synthetic football field at Chandler Park, a major Detroit park that includes an Aquatic Center. The field will be home to the Police Athletic League 2,200 member youth football program.

The City of Detroit will match the NFL Grassroots Program grant. The project has the support of the Detroit Lions.


Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Public Schools

Minneapolis Public Schools has been awarded a $100,000 grant to resurface the grass field at Pete Guzy Field at Thomas Edison High School.

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will renovate the existing grass playing surface at Pete Guzy Field with a grass playing surface. The grass playing field will incorporate MPS’ goal of a “Green Campus”, a plan to reduce urban heat island effect and toxins on Thomas Edison’s campus. The renovation will include stripping the grass and re-grading the field, repositioning the center crown, installing new drain tile, installing new goal posts and sod to the field.

Pete Guzy is the main athletic field at Thomas Edison High School and used by 600 students in football and physical education. The field is also a resource for community athletics, serving 950 football players from Minneapolis Parks & Recreation football teams.

This project has the support of Minnesota Vikings.


Kansas City, MO

Kansas City Public Schools

Kansas City Public Schools will use a $200,000 grant from the NFL Grassroots Program to install a new synthetic playing surface at Interscholastic League Stadium.

Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) educates 15,000 children and employs 2, 300 teachers and administrators in 34 schools. KCPS serves the urban portion of the city of Kansas City, offering a rich multi-ethnic, multi-cultural mix of students.

Interscholastic League Stadium is located in the heart of Kansas City’s urban core and is home to six high schools, serving approximately 3,500 students. Following an engineering review in 2012, it was determined that the stadium was in need of immediate upgrades to protect the safety, health and user experience of the students, athletes and patrons alike. Kansas City Public Schools will invest $5 million dollars to upgrade the facility. Improvements include the synthetic playing surface, new bleachers, locker rooms and restrooms.

Kansas City Public Schools will match the NFL Grassroots Grant. The Kansas City Chiefs have expressed support for this project.


Long Island City, NY

Public Schools Athletic League

Public Schools Athletic League has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the NFL Grassroots Program to install a synthetic playing surface at Long Island City High School.

The Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) is the largest high school league in the country with over 37,000 players on nearly 2,400 teams in over 400 schools. The mission of the PSAL is to provide opportunities for educating students in physical fitness, character development and socialization skills through an athletic program that fosters teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship.

The PSAL will replace the existing “carpet” style synthetic turf with a new sand based synthetic playing surface. There will also be new security fencing and the scoreboard will be relocated. When the project is complete, it will accommodate 3000 students per week.

he PSAL will match the NFL Grassroots Program grant. This project has the support of the New York Jets.


Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara Falls City School District

Niagara Falls City School District was awarded a $200,000 NFL Grassroots Grant to aid in the installation of a synthetic field at Niagara Falls High School.

In the fall of 2012, the Niagara Falls community voters passed a referendum for a capital improvement project titled Inventing Tomorrow. Included in the project are upgrades to the athletic fields at two locations in the district.

Niagara Falls City School District will invest $12 million in upgrades to nine playing fields on the Niagara Falls High School campus and one additional football field at LaSalle Preparatory School. Currently all of the playing fields at Niagara Falls High School have natural grass playing surfaces and are in need of repair. The District will also include new bathroom and concession facilities.

The city of Niagara Falls will match the grant. The Buffalo Bills support the project.


Canton, OH

Project REBUILD, Inc

Project REBUILD, Inc has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the NFL Grassroots Program to provide upgrades to Riverside Park Football Field.

Project REBUILD, Inc was created in 1999 with a mission to re-engage at risk youth to complete a high school diploma, or GED and acquire marketable skills in construction technologies. Through its construction training program, Project REBUILD has always had a strong commitment to the community and low income neighborhood revitalization. Throughout its’ history, the organization has been responsible for the rehabilitation of over 50 units of low/moderate income housing and has built four new construction homes.

Riverside Park football field gets extensive community use but currently lacks any seating, restrooms or storage facilities. Project REBUILD will upgrade Riverside Park by building a multi purpose storage building, restrooms, seating and a concession stand. The field upgrades will be used by 700 youth football players and cheerleaders.

Project REBUILD will match the grant.


Cleves, OH

Three Rivers Local School District

The Three Rivers Local School District was awarded a $200,000 grant from the NFL Grassroots Program to help install a synthetic surface football at the Three Rivers Local School Sports Complex.

In 2010, the residents of the Three Rivers School Districted voted for a bond issue to build a new school complex using State of Ohio matching funds. The new school complex will open in 2013 in Cleves, Ohio and will house all students of the District from preschool through 12th grade. The School District’s administration, staff, booster organizations, and community leaders have formed a “Field of Dreams “campaign to privately raise money to build a sports complex for the new school.

Three Rivers Local School District will construct a new sports complex that will be used for middle and high school football, and local youth football leagues, impacting 250 athletes. The new multipurpose playing field will feature a synthetic playing surface, seating, concessions, lights and a scoreboard.

The NFL Grassroots Program grant will be matched with funds with funds raised from the local community. The project also has the support of the Cincinnati Bengals.


Norristown, PA

Norristown Area High School

Norristown Area High School has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the NFL Grassroots Program to install bleachers at the Norristown Area Athletic Complex.

The mission of the Norristown Area High School is a large, comprehensive high school serving all Norristown students enrolled in grades 9-12. In 2012, the Norristown Area High School completed the Norristown Area High Athletic Complex through local donor support. The Athletic Complex features a multi-purpose field and an eight lane synthetic track. The school is now in the process of adding needed amenities to the field including lighting and bleachers. The field is used by the 500 students at Norristown Area High School, 2600 elementary students from neighboring schools and 300 local youth football players.

The Norristown Area School District will provide match funding for the NFL Grassroots grant. The Philadelphia Eagles support this project.


Richmond, VA

Richmond Public Schools

Richmond Public Schools has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the NFL Grassroots Program to install a new grass football field at John Marshall High School.

Richmond Public Schools is comprised of three preschool centers, 27 elementary schools, one charter elementary school, eight middle schools, five comprehensive high schools and three specialty schools. John Marshall High School is located in the north district, serving low income students from five neighborhoods.

The grass at John Marshall High School football field has deteriorated and has become compacted, creating a safety risk. Richmond Public Schools will upgrade the existing field with a synthetic turf surface. The new field will improve the safety of the 500 student-athletes that currently use the field, and allow neighboring schools and community groups to utilize the field as well. The new field will be used by an additional 2000 youth.

Richmond Public Schools will match the NFL Grassroots Program grant. This project has the full support of the Washington Redskins.


Everett, WA

Cascade High School of Everett Public Schools

Cascade High School has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the NFL Grassroots Program to install a synthetic playing surface to replace their current grass field.

Everett School District educates over 18,000 students divided among 17 elementary schools, 5 middle schools and 4 high schools. In 2011, the superintendent requested that the school board approve funds to install a synthetic field and track surface at Cascade High School. Funds were allocated to replace the track but funding was insufficient to renovate the football field.

The district is now determined to upgrade the football field at Cascade High School. Due to frequent rain, the grass field at Cascade High School has limited availability. Youth programs are not allowed access to the field at all and practices are often cancelled. The new synthetic surface will allow for more consistent practice and games for Cascade High School football team and more opportunities for the greater community.

Everett Public Schools will provide match funding for the NFL Grassroots grant. The Seattle Seahawks support this project.


Manitowoc, WI

Manitowoc Lutheran High School

Manitowoc Lutheran High School has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the NFL Grassroots Foundation to upgrade its football field.

Manitowoc Lutheran High School (MLHS) has been in operation since 1956 and has an enrollment of 232 students. In 2000, the MLHS Federation developed a capital improvement plan to upgrade all of the school’s facilities. The Federation has leveraged community support to implement a four phase plan that includes renovating the football facility.

Manitowoc Lutheran High School will use the grant to renovate existing wooden bleachers, add a security fence and install electrical switching equipment for the football field lights. The upgrades will make the field ADA compliant and allow MLHS to meet the minimum standards required to host playoff football games sponsored by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. MLHS sponsors youth football programs for students in grades 5 through 8.

The project has received support from the Green Bay Packers.