Bengals donate $200k for new field at Three Rivers

CLEVES, OH (FOX19) - Students, 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.

Cincinnati 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.

The 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 programs.

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 decade.

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.