Bengals and NFL/LISC Grassroots Program grant $250,000 to install artificial turf field

The Milford Exempted Village School District has been granted $250,000 by the Cincinnati Bengals through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program to install an artificial turf field at Milford’s Charity J. Lucas Memorial Field, a multi-purpose athletic facility.

The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program – a partnership between the Bengals, the NFL Foundation and LISC – is part of an ongoing program to distribute over $2.5 million to local schools. Other local schools who have already received funding from this program include South Avondale Elementary School, Bishop Brossart, Clinton-Massie High School, Covington Catholic High School, Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School, Harrison High School, La Salle High School, Lockland High School, Oak Hills High School, Taylor High School, Withrow University High School and Midway Elementary School. Fields are newly built or significantly renovated, with improvements such as irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf. Grassroots grants are issued once established funding thresholds are reached for each project.

This grant from the Bengals, the NFL Foundation, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is part of $6 million in field refurbishment awards allocated this year to communities across the country.

“Ensuring youth have access to participate in football and other activities has always been important to our organization and we are pleased to continue this through our support of Milford and their efforts to create a fun and safe space to serve their community,” said Alex Simons, Bengals director of community engagement. “We look forward to seeing the finished project and the positive impact this field will have on youth for years to come.”

LISC identifies local, nonprofit, community-based agencies that have an interest in building or refurbishing football fields in schools and neighborhood parks.