Arizona Cardinals and the NFL Grassroots Program giving Tanque Verde High School football field a facelift

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Thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Arizona Cardinals and the NFL Grassroots Program, the Tanque Verde High School football field is being renovated.

“This is really a dream come true! Our football team just came off an exciting undefeated season after years of being known as a struggling program. These new facilities will allow for our student-athletes to compete on a field that was carefully designed and procured by the best playing field experts in the world,” said Dr. Amy Cislak, Principal of Tanque Verde High School.

According to a story on the school’s website, the funds will be used to recrown the field and add a new irrigation system and scoreboard. In addition, a new practice field will be built, which will take pressure off the game field.

The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program is a partnership of the National Football League Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation to provide non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields.  The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program provides grants of up to $250,000 for capital improvement projects.

Since 1998, the NFL Foundation Grassroots program has awarded more than $46 million in grants for more than 336 projects nationwide.

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