WHAT: Tampa’s Parks & Recreation is officially opening newly renovated youth soccer fields in the Port Tampa neighborhood. CANDO Sports and the City of Tampa have received $100,000 from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program to install natural grass fields at Southwest Port Tampa Park.
WHO: Mayor Jane Castor; Sherisha Hills, Director of Parks and Recreation; Maria Campenello, Sports CANDO; Tampa Bay Buccaneers Representative
DATE: Wednesday, June 7, 2023
TIME: 10:30 AM
LOCATION: Southwest Port Tampa Fields, 7506 S Morton St.
NFL/LISC Grassroots Program and Tampa Bay Buccaneers award $100,000 to install natural grass field at Southwest Port Tampa Park
Children’s Athletic Network and Dance Opportunities (CANDO) and the City of Tampa have received $100,000 from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers through the National Football League Foundation’s Grassroots Program to install a natural grass field at Southwest Port Tampa Park .
The grant from the Buccaneers, the NFL Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is part of $3 million in field redevelopment awards allocated this year.
The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program, a partnership between the NFL Foundation and LISC, the nation’s leading community development support organization, has supported the construction or renovation of 436 football fields across the country since 1998. During that time, the NFL Foundation has awarded nearly $61.8 million to revitalize playing fields in underserved neighborhoods. The fields have been recently built or have undergone significant renovations, with improvements such as irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts, and turf. Foundation grants are issued once the funding thresholds set for each project are met.
“At the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, we believe that everyone deserves a level playing field,” said Tampa Bay Buccaneers Owner/President of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation/President of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Glazer Vision Foundation. Darcie Glazer Kassewitz. “We are excited to help provide the Port Tampa area with a field of its own that members of the community can be proud of, in the hope that it will help inspire children to reach their potential on the sports field and in life.” .
“We are very excited to partner with CANDO, Inc. and the NFL to get this new project off the ground at Southwest Port Tampa Fields,” said Tampa Parks and Recreation Director Sherisha Hills. “Once the site becomes both a multi-use high school soccer field and a smaller youth field, users in the nearby community will soon have a field of their own that can also be shared seasonally with other sports and used for events, clinics, camps and even game rentals, we are so grateful for all the new opportunities this partnership will bring.”
“We deeply appreciate the opportunity to partner with the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department and the NFL,” added CANDO, Inc. CEO Mary Campanello. “This new multi-use field will also allow us to continue our mission of providing quality, affordable sports opportunities for all youth to excel.”
LISC identifies local, non-profit, community-based agencies that have an interest in building or renovating soccer fields in schools and neighborhood parks. Through the program, local agencies receive the necessary funding and technical assistance to improve the quality and safety of courses in their communities. The agencies oversee the construction, maintenance, and scheduling of the fields.
“Outdoor recreation and the health benefits that come with it are in high demand across the country,” said Beverly Smith, LISC Vice President of Sports and Recreation. “This Tampa course, like all the ones the Grassroots Program has established over the years, will provide opportunities for youth to compete in a safe and structured environment.”
About City of Tampa Parks and Recreation:
Tampa Parks & Recreation is a CAPRA-accredited and NRPA Gold Medal-winning agency with a mission to provide and preserve quality parks and recreation opportunities for all. With nearly 400,000 residents, Tampa is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation that strives to protect the natural environment while using resources creatively to meet the growing needs of our community. Operating in a highly urbanized environment, we are dedicated to providing safe community green spaces that are conveniently accessible to all residents. With the continued support of trusted partners and the involvement of the local community, we look forward to continuing to offer new, fun, and educational opportunities for recreation and environmental stewardship throughout our community.
About CANDO Sports:
Established in 1993, Children’s Athletic Network & Dance Opportunities Inc., better known as CANDO Sports, is a local nonprofit organization created to provide affordable sports and expand opportunities for youth to excel. CANDO Sports partners with the Tampa Department of Parks and Recreation to enhance and expand existing sports programs and activities for young athletes throughout the state through developmentally appropriate competitions.
About the NFL Foundation
The National Football League Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by soccer, from players of all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation and its members, the 32 NFL clubs, support the health, safety and well-being of athletes, youth soccer and the communities that support our game. For more information on the NFL Foundation, visit: www.NFLFoundation.org
LISC is one of the nation’s largest community development organizations, helping to build vibrant and resilient communities across the United States. We work with residents and partners to close systemic gaps in health, wealth and opportunity and advance racial equity so that people and places can prosper. Since our founding in 1979, LISC has invested $26.7 billion to create more than 463,000 affordable homes and apartments, develop 78.5 million square feet of retail, community, and educational space, and help tens of thousands of people find jobs and improve their lives. finance. For more information, visit www.lisc.org.