USA Football Awards $400,000 in FieldTurf Grants
Four school districts, two high schools, a university and a municipality across eight states have been selected to benefit from USA Football’s $400,000 field-building grant program with FieldTurf. Each organization will be awarded a $50,000 grant toward the purchase of a synthetic FieldTurf sports field. Grants are awarded based on merit and need.
Recipients of 2011 USA Football field-building grants:
- Carroll (Iowa) Community School District
- Cumberland (R.I.) Recreation Department
- East Central University in Ada, Okla.
- Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter High School
- Laconia (N.H.) High School
- Mundelein (Ill.) Consolidated High School District No. 120
- San Angelo (Texas) Independent School District
- Wheelersburg (Ohio) Local School District
The new annual grant program is designed to help build more high-quality football fields across the United States. Approximately 3 million American children age 6-14 play organized youth tackle football, placing it among the country’s most popular youth sports. For the 12th consecutive year, the number of boys playing high school football (1,134,377) is greater than the combined number of boys playing the second- and third-most popular high school sports.
FieldTurf, a USA Football partner, has installed thousands of football fields at the high school and municipal level throughout the United States in addition to more than 100 football fields for NCAA Division I schools. Twenty-two (22) of the NFL’s 32 teams have chosen to play and/or practice on FieldTurf fields.
USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States. The Indianapolis-based non-profit also is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, the NFL Players Association and each of the league’s 32 teams. FieldTurf is the global leader in the manufacturing and installation of high performance synthetic turf sports fields.
“FieldTurf’s commitment to provide the safest and highest quality football fields is matched by our desire to assist deserving grant recipients like these,” FieldTurf President Eric Daliere said. “We value our relationship with USA Football and are proud to contribute to America’s football community with the sport’s national governing body.”
“Access to high quality field space is a challenge for many in the football community,” USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “We’re pleased that our grant program with FieldTurf affords young people the opportunity to enjoy football and gain its inherent team-first values on an exceptional playing field.”
About FieldTurf: FieldTurf offers industry-leading engineering and manufacturing resources and leads the synthetic turf industry with regard to setting higher environmental standards. FieldTurf is the global market leader in terms of synthetic sports fields with more than 7,000 fields installed. Additionally, FieldTurf has attained more than 15,000 satisfied customers in high quality pet, residential, commercial and municipal landscaping solutions, playground surfacing and has a complete range of golf and tennis products. FieldTurf synthetic turf customers enjoy the benefits of significantly reduced water consumption, the elimination of fertilizer and pesticides, superior durability and drainage and a product that looks and feels real. The positive environmental impact of FieldTurf provides the added benefit of LEED building contributions. For more information, please visit: www.fieldturf.com.
About USA Football: USA Football, the sport's national governing body in the United States, hosts more than 80 football training events annually offering education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent non-profit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competition and awards $1.4 million annually in grants to youth and high school football programs based on merit and need. Endowed by the NFL and NFL Players Association in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.