Bengals Donate $ 250,000 to South Avondale Field Project
A vision that began in 2017 finally came to life Thursday morning at South Avondale Elementary School. As partners were thanked, the ribbon was cut and the kids occasionally ran to play on the newly installed synthetic turf pitch, replacing a pre-existing turf pitch that was in desperate need of an upgrade.
Thursday’s event was made possible by a donation of $ 250,000 from the Bengals and the NFL Foundation / LISC Grassroots to the Avondale neighborhood revitalization plan. The need for a new community field was brought to the attention of the Bengals by Activities Beyond the Classroom and Cincinnati Public Schools.
“Cincinnati is our home and it is an honor that we can use our sport to bring people and organizations together to effect positive change in our communities,” said Bengals Director of Community Engagement Alex Simons .
The new land provides a community center for healthy activities in the community of Avondale for children and families. It is estimated that 5,000 children between the ages of 4 and 17 will use the field each year participating in recreational sports leagues, in addition to serving as a venue for nearby schools to use for team training, clinics and games. .
Activities Beyond the Classroom Deputy principal Rachel Stallings knows this place is a busy area, as families often spend their Saturday afternoons spending time together just behind elementary school. “Students now have a safe space where they can come within their community to get together and play flag football, other sports and all those fun things that they should have access to in their community,” Stallings said at the Play Football event following the inauguration ceremony. “Just to see the kids smile, that’s what it is. That’s why we do the work we do, and the biggest reward is seeing the kids enjoy the field, their peers and their kids. community.”
“Funding is always very important, but it means a lot to me when the Bengals have the opportunity to participate with the kids while enjoying their new ground,” Simons added moments after lining up against one of the participants of Play Football. in an individual exercise.
“This field is the culmination of years of hard work, and none of this would have been possible without the Bengals,” said Sally Grimes, executive director of ABC. “The Bengals have always been phenomenal partners, not only with ABC and CPS, but with the communities of Cincinnati. We are grateful and delighted that the Bengals are here to celebrate the Avondale community with us today.”
This grant from the NFL Foundation / LISC Grassroots program is part of an ongoing program in which the Bengals and the NFL have coordinated to distribute more than $ 2.3 million to local schools for new areas. Other local schools that already have or will receive a portion of this grant include Bishop Brossart, Clinton-Massie High School, Covington Catholic High School, Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School, Harrison High School, La Salle High School, Lockland High School, Oak Hills High School, Taylor High School, Withrow University High School, and Midway Elementary School.
The Bengals and the NFL Foundation / LISC Grassroots Program have teamed up to contribute $ 250,000 to Activities Beyond the Classroom (ABC) to install an artificial turf pitch at South Avondale Elementary School.