parents and staff from the Three Rivers Local School District will join
Cincinnati Bengals executives and players on Friday, August 30 to announce the
receipt of a $200,000 grant that will help to build a new football field at the
new Three Rivers School.
The announcement will occur prior to the kickoff
of the Taylor versus Lawrenceburg football game at 6:40 p.m. at the Taylor High
School football field at 36 East Harrison Ave in North Bend, Ohio.
Bengals executive vice president Katie Blackburn, Director of Development Bob
Bedinghaus, representatives of LISC, Three Rivers' officials as well as
representatives of the Three Rivers "Fields of Dreams" campaign, will all be on
hand to celebrate the announcement.
Bengals, the NFL, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) will
provide the district with a $200,000 grant for the project, which includes
installation of a synthetic playing surface on the field, site of nearly all of
the district's youth athletic events.
"We are very excited to
play a role in this project. Several years ago, Three Rivers Schools
embarked on a bold vision and together with the Fields of Dreams campaign, they
have brought to this community something special," said Katie Blackburn,
Bengals Executive Vice President.
The new field will allow expanded usage
for all school football teams, all school soccer teams and also allow the high
school band more practice time on the competition field. Additionally, the
school will use the field as part of its physical education curriculum, as well
as provide space for community youth football, cheerleading, and soccer
The cost of the project will be paid for entirely by private
funds. The school district's administration, staff, booster organizations, and
community leaders have formed a "Fields of Dreams" campaign to privately raise
money for the sports complex. The campaign has already raised $360,000 to go
toward the remaining costs of installing the synthetic turf. The field
construction is expected to start by the spring of 2014.
The NFL Grassroots Program — a partnership between the NFL
Foundation (formerly the NFL Youth Football Fund) and LISC, the nation's
leading community development support corporation — has resulted in the
construction or renovation of 170 football fields nationwide in the past
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.
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