New Vision Community Development Corporation's camp in Houston is getting a new synthetic surface football field thanks in part to a $250,000 grant from the Houston Texans through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program. The grant from the Texans, the NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is part of $3 million in field refurbishment awards allocated this year.
New Vision's L.O.V.E. City USA is an urban youth camp on 63 acres in East Houston, hosting 500 youth per week. The new field will feature a synthetic playing surface, lights, bleachers, a concession stand and other amenities.
The NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Field Grant Program, a partnership between the NFL Foundation and LISC, the nation's leading community development support organization, has committed nearly $61 million to the program since 1998, supporting the creation or refurbishment of 365 fields nationwide. Fields are newly built or significantly renovated, with improvements including irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf. Grassroots grants are issued once established funding thresholds are reached for each project.
"We are proud to show our support for New Vision Community Development Corporation with this $250,000 grant," said Houston Texans President Jamey Rootes. "Creating a new field for the community is a very beneficial project that aligns with our mission here at the Houston Texans. As a longtime partner of LISC, we each share a common goal – the importance of our youth and striving to keep them safe while having fun."
LISC identifies local, nonprofit, community-based agencies that have an interest in building or refurbishing football fields in schools and neighborhood parks. Through the program, local agencies are provided with the necessary financing and technical assistance to improve the quality and safety of fields in their communities. The agencies oversee the construction, maintenance and programming of the fields.
"Access to safe places to play is essential to a healthy community," said Houston LISC Executive Director Amanda Timm. "We are excited to support this investment in Northeast Houston and the youth in the community."
About the NFL Foundation
The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health and safety of athletes, youth football, and the communities that support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit: www.NFLFoundation.org.
LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help nonprofit community development corporations revitalize distressed neighborhoods. Since 1980, LISC has raised more than $20 billion to build or rehab more than 400,500 affordable homes and develop 66.8 million square feet of retail, community and educational space nationwide. LISC support has leveraged nearly $60.4 billion in total development activity. For more information, visit www.lisc.org.