Press Box

USA Football, FieldTurf award $450,000 in field-building grants

Steve Alic, Director of Communication Mon, 05/07/2012 - 9:44am

Three high schools, three school districts, two non-profit organizations and a municipality across seven states have been selected to benefit from USA Football’s $450,000 field-building grant program with FieldTurf. Grants are awarded based on merit and need.


 


Recipients of 2012 USA Football field-building grants:



  • Alexandria (Minn.) Independent School District 206

  • Berea (Ohio) Youth Football Foundation

  • City of Miami Beach, Fla.

  • Clearfield (Pa.) High School

  • Elmhurst (Ill.) Immaculate Conception High School

  • Fairfax (Va.) Robinson Secondary School

  • High Sierra Striders of Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

  • Willits (Calif.) Unified School District

  • Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt High School

 


The 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 13th consecutive year, the number of boys playing high school football (1,108,441) 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.


 


“It is with great pleasure that we are able to continue building safe and playable fields across America with the help of USA Football,” FieldTurf President Eric Daliere said. “This year’s recipients are well-deserving of a high performance FieldTurf surface.”


 


“Every football parent and league organizer wants to provide quality field space where players can safely practice and compete,” 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 100 football training events annually offering education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams. Indianapolis-based USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competition. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.