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York gets $200,000 Panthers grant for artificial turf

YORK — Building a new football field at York Comprehensive High School just got a little bit cheaper.

Officials announced today the district is the recipient of one of 17 National Football League Grassroots grants for field refurbishment. The grant is worth $200,000 and will help the school district pay for artificial turf in the new stadium that will accompany the new high school, according to Superintendent Dr. Russell Booker.

The grant funds will come through the Carolina Panthers organization and the NFL Youth Fund and Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

“We’ll be doing a synthetic surface, and that will really help offset the cost,” Booker said. “You’ll see the list of cities like Los Angeles, Oakland, Cincinatti and then you’ll see little old York, S.C., in there, too.”

In addition to high school sports teams, more than 14 other local community groups and organizations will be able to use the field, according to a statement released by the school district. It will be surrounded by an eight-lane rubberized track, and the stadium will feature concession stands, ticket booths, a press box and field houses for both home and visiting teams.

“The Carolina Panthers are excited to join forces with York County District One to provide this new resource for children in our community,” said Riley Fields, Director of Community Relations for the Carolina Panthers. “The support and passion for youth and prep football have long been important links that help tie the York County community together. It is our privilege to be part of this effort to provide a top-rated playing surface that will serve children and families with new opportunities for recreation and physical activity.”

Steve Boyd, York School District Athletic Director, said "a matching grant from the NFL Grassroots Program will provide vital resources to help youth and prep football continue to grow in our community, reaching well over 700 athletes in the schools in our district and 250 youth football players in the youth recreational league.”

“These fields help us make an impact where assistance is most needed and provide a tangible sign of our Youth Football Fund in action,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. “We are proud to support projects that give youngsters a safe place to play and bring families and neighborhoods together.”