The Arlington football field will receive an upgrade, thanks to the Seahawks, who, in partnership with the NFL Foundation, Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Impact Capital. Arlington High School will receive a $200,000 grant for the project and an additional $25,000 from ESPN to upgrade the bleachers, concession stands, lighting and/or fencing.
Here’s the official press release:
RENTON, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks, in partnership with the NFL Foundation, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Impact Capital, announced today that Arlington High School will receive funding to install a new synthetic turf football field with a $200,000 grant through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program. The grant is part of $2.5 million in field refurbishment awards allocated to cities across the country this year. The new surface will replace a worn natural turf field at John C. Larson Stadium, about 40 miles north of Seattle.
“Congratulations to Arlington High School for taking advantage of this program through the NFL,” said Seahawks VP Community Outreach Mike Flood. “The new synthetic turf football field will provide a quality playing surface for the students and community for many years to come.”
The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program – a partnership between the NFL Foundation and LISC, the nation’s leading community development support organization – has supported the construction or renovation of 290 football fields nationwide since 1998. During that time, the NFL Foundation has granted nearly $37 million to revitalize playing fields in underserved neighborhoods. 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.
LISC identifies local, nonprofit, community-based agencies that have an interest in building or refurbishing football fields in schools and neighborhood parks. Through the program, local agencies are provided with the necessary financing and technical assistance to improve the quality and safety of fields in their communities. The agencies oversee the construction, maintenance and programming of the fields.
“These fields are useful in so many ways,” said Michael Rubinger, LISC’s president and CEO. “With them, local organizations can promote good physical fitness, teamwork, and community spirit – all critical elements of neighborhood health. The NFL Foundation has been a great partner in creating these essential community assets.”
In the summer of this year, Impact Capital, LISC’s affiliate partner in Washington State, and the NFL Foundation, chose Arlington High School as a recipient of the award. This award frees up capital for the school to use for other needed facility repairs and creates a safer playing field. It also comes at a time when the community is still recovering from the effects of the Oso mudslide in March.
“We know that the benefit of these fields goes beyond playing a game,” said Judith Olsen, Executive Director of Impact Capital. “Friday night football is one of the oldest traditions across the country, and one great thing about a field like this is that it can bring Arlington residents together and enhance their sense of community. We’ve already seen this region step up to tackle a huge disaster and demonstrate just what community means to them. Thank you to the NFL Foundation and congratulations Arlington.”
Arlington High School was also awarded an additional $25,000 grant from ESPN to help cover the costs of installation or refurbishment of bleachers, concession stands, lighting, a scoreboard and/or fencing.