Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

NFL will give $100,000 for youth football fields in Clearwater's North Greenwood

CLEARWATER — Children in the Greenwood Panthers football and cheerleader program will get a new playing facility, thanks to a hefty grant from the National Football League.

The NFL announced Thursday that it was awarding $2.5 million to 15 cities for construction or refurbishing of community football fields. Among the cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. — and Clearwater.

Clearwater's grant of $100,000 is earmarked for Clearwater for Youth Inc., according to Hank Webb, the executive director of the nonprofit, which helps provide grants, scholarships and funding opportunities for youth programs in the Greater Clearwater area and also runs popular football and cheerleading programs.

Together with the city, Clearwater for Youth will use the NFL grant to turn vacant space beside the old Jack Russell Stadium in North Greenwood into at least two football fields equipped with lights and fencing. The parcel was previously used for overflow parking during Philadelphia Phillies spring training games, before the new Bright House Field was built across town.

"I think adding the fields in that particular location will be a boon for the community, and a very welcomed one,'' Webb said.

In 2009, the Greenwood Panthers' former home, Phillip Jones Field, was closed because buried landfill debris was edging too close to the surface. For the last three years, the approximately 250 football players and cheerleaders have been forced to use an assortment of fields at schools and recreation sites.

A groundbreaking for the new fields will be held in early September, and although everything is still in the planning stages, the public can expect the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be involved, Webb said.

The grants announced Thursday are part of a 14-year, $32.5 million commitment by the NFL. So far, 256 fields have been built or refurbished nationwide.

In the press release, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described community playing fields as "the pillars of neighborhoods across the country."

Grants also will go to schools, parks and other facilities in Atlanta; Spartanburg, S.C.; Chicago; Alexandria, Ky.; Grafton, Ohio; Pueblo, Colo.; Detroit; West Allis, Minn.; New Orleans; Newark, N.J.; Philadelphia; Penn Hills, Pa.; Madison, Tenn.; and Washington D.C.

Piper Castillo can be reached at pcastillo@tampabay.com or (727) 445-4163. To write a letter to the editor, go to tampabay.com/letters.

NFL will give $100,000 for youth football fields in Clearwater's North Greenwood 06/15/12 [Last modified: Friday, June 15, 2012 8:01pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Memorial service sparks wistful memories for daughter of slain Hillsborough deputy

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — As the somber notes of "Taps" sounded in a stiff breeze, Sherri Longway thought about her father.

    
Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee, far left, stands with his hand over his heart along with others during the HCSO's annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service Wednesday, May 24, 2017 in the Ybor City area Tampa. Sheriff David Gee along with dignitaries and members of the sheriff's office paid tribute to members of the Sheriff's Office who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
  2. Editorial: Super Bowl yardsticks for bay area

    Editorials

    From the moment they arrive, Super Bowl fans returning to Tampa for the NFL title game in 2021 will see and experience an entirely new Tampa Bay region. Whether it's the expanded airport, the growing universities and thriving downtowns or the new entertainment destinations and incubators for business, visitors will feel …

    From the moment they arrive, Super Bowl fans returning to Tampa for the NFL title game in 2021 will see and experience an entirely new Tampa Bay region.
  3. Convicted murderer whose release Pam Bondi fears will stay behind bars

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A former Tampa police officer convicted in 1980 of murdering a security guard will not be released from prison after a parole hearing that Attorney General Pam Bondi said could have put her at risk.

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi arrives for an injunction hearing at the Hillsborough County Courthouse, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Tampa, regarding William Norman Wilkes, the man she alleges has been stalking her. On Wednesday, the Florida Commission on Offender Review is set to consider whether to let Charles Norman, a former Tampa police officer convicted of murder, will seek his possible release. Bondi says Norman has sent her threats. "He is a menace to society and needs to remain behind bars," Bondi said.   [Loren Elliott | Tampa Bay Times]
  4. Romano: On this education bill, you decide who is evil

    Politics

    The political ramifications are not lost on Kristine Benson.

    Six-year-old Chase Benson was born with down syndrome and autism. He attends a private school in Palm Harbor through a Gardiner Scholarship. [Photo courtesy of Kris Benson]
  5. St. Petersburg police team with federal agencies to crack down on gun and drug offenders (w/video)

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Police say Raymond Adams, 29, jumped a fence to break into a home in the 800 block of 51st Street Avenue S.

    Some of the guns confiscated during an eight month firearms, drug trafficking, and violent crime operation dubbed the St. Petersburg Violent Crime Reduction Initiative were on display Wednesday, 5/24/17 at the St. Petersburg Police Department.  Federal charges have been filed against 35 individuals and state charges have been filled against 9 individuals in St. Petersburg. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times