Packers Have Secured $825,000 In Grants For Youth and Prep Fields Since 1998
The Green Bay Packers Foundation presented Wrightstown High School with a $250,000 grant for the school's new football stadium in an announcement today at the school.
The grant, awarded by the Packers Foundation with funds secured through the NFL Club Matching Youth Football Field/Stadium Grant Program, will be used to match money already raised and help finish the new football stadium, a project which includes seating for 1,200, a scoreboard, fencing around the facility, an entry gate and expansion of the restrooms.
"The Packers are excited to assist Wrightstown High School and the Homefield Advantage group with their work on the new stadium," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, a member of the NFL Youth Football Committee since 2002. "High school football games are a great community event and we're proud to support an excellent high school in our area."
"When we found out, it took everyone by surprise. It was humbling," said Scott Thompson, Wrightstown High School principal. "We had a lot of people behind the scenes with our fundraising group, Homefield Advantage, so it was a great boost to everyone involved. It made the difference in getting to our goal. We now hope to have it completed for the 2010 school year."
This is the first such Packers grant in conjunction specifically with the NFL's Club Matching Youth Football Field/Stadium Grant Program, however it is the eighth grant secured by the Packers since 1998 for Wisconsin organizations working on new or renovated athletic fields and stadiums. Previous grants, worth a combined $575,000, went to Green Bay Southwest High School (2008), Custer High School, Milwaukee (2005), Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay (2005), Bradley Tech High School, Milwaukee (2003), Green Bay East High School, (2001), Green Bay Preble High School (2001) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (1998).
More information on the NFL Club Matching Youth Football Field/Stadium Grant Program can be found online at www.nflyff.org.