Jun 20, 2012 7:41 PM by Jordan Mason
PUEBLO, CO - An NFL grant of $200,000 was recently awarded to replace the artificial turf at Pueblo's fabled Dutch Clark stadium.
The National Football League Grassroots Program is supporting the development and renovation of community fields with 15 new grants totaling $2.5 million being directed to schools, parks and facilities across the country. The $200,000 awarded to the Pueblo City Schools Education Foundation will be matched by $200,000 from the district's capital reserve fund for a total of $400,000 to replace the current surface.
Artificial turf was first installed at Dutch Clark Stadium via a $600,000 donation from Pueblo's Friends of Football in 2003. Friends of Football was also instrumental in providing guidance in the application by Pueblo City Schools to the NFL.
It is anticipated that the installation of new synthetic turf will begin in late July and be completed by mid-August.
A partnership between the NFL Youth Football Fund and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the NFL Grassroots Program has awarded more than $32.5 million in grants over 14 years to local nonprofits focused on the health and welfare of their communities, especially the children in their neighborhoods. The Denver Broncos are the NFL's local donors to the Dutch Clark upgrade.
"Community fields are the pillars of neighborhoods across the country, places where families can ‘play 60' together in a safe environment, said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "We are pleased to join with LISC and our teams to provide young people with access to quality playing fields."