Thursday, June 17, 2010

Police Athletic League to receive grant for NFL-sized football field


At this morning's announcement - more photos below.


The Kansas City Police Athletic League will receive a $100,000 check at 10 a.m. tomorrow, June 17, to build a new NFL-sized football field for urban core youth.

The grant is from the Kansas City Chiefs, National Football League Youth Football Fund and Greater Kansas City Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). The check presentation will take place at the PAL Center at 1801 White. After the presentation, about 200 PAL children will participate in a football clinic at the Center put on by Kansas City Chiefs players. In attendance at the event will be Police Chief James Corwin, Mayor Mark Funkhouser, Kansas City Chiefs President Denny Thum, Chiefs players, Greater Kansas City LISC Executive Director Julie Porter and other PAL supporters.

The grant is being matched by other community partners, including the Sports Turf Managers Association, Honeywell and Acme Fence, to build a natural turf field next to the PAL Center. PAL has no football program at present but arranges for some children to play in outside flag football leagues. In addition to the nearly 600 children who are members of PAL, the field will be used by student athletes from the Imagine Renaissance Academy and other nearby schools.

“This field will be the centerpiece of neighborhood revitalization on the east side,” Chief Corwin said. “It will be a gathering place for children and all area residents to engage in all types of outdoor activities. The field will mean much more than football.”

The $100,000 check presentation from Chiefs President Denny Thum and LISC Executive Director Julie Porter to Chief Corwin, Captain Rex Tarwater, PAL Board President Kevin Dunn and Mayor Mark Funkhouser.

Captain Rex Tarwater, commander of KCPD's Youth Services Unit, explains where the field will go on the PAL site at 1801 White Ave.

Students from the Imagine Renaissance Academy practiced on the site of the new field after the check presentation in a clinic led by Kansas City Chiefs players. The Academy will use PAL's field as their home field.

Chiefs Tackle Colin Brown instructed PAL youth how to tackle.

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