The Cincinnati Bengals have partnered with the NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to donate $250,000 to exempt Milford Village Schools, supporting the installation of a new grass pitch at the Charity Multi-Purpose Sports Complex J.Lucas.
The grass pitch helps transform an existing stadium into a fully functional multi-purpose facility. The complex will provide access to safe and reliable field space for Milford High School student-athletes, as well as other extracurricular activities available to students.
An official groundbreaking ceremony for the complex was held on Friday, August 12. The event featured football skills and drill competitions for K-8 students, and a seven-on-seven challenge for K-12 students.
“Using the game of football to positively impact our community is a top priority for the Bengals,” said Bengals director of community engagement Alex Simons. “The Charity J. Lucas Multi-Purpose Sports Complex is going to create that positive impact for young people in Milford for years to come.”
“We are very grateful for the support of the Bengals to help make this project a reality for our student-athletes,” said John Spieser, Superintendent of Milford Exempt Village Schools. “Milford has a proud history of athletic excellence, and we dream that this turf project will provide a high performance stage on which our athletes can continue to train and win. With the constant support of our Milford Athletic Boosters, this grant empowers Milford student-athletes to thrive and succeed for generations to come.”
“LISC Greater Cincinnati works with residents and partners to forge resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families,” said Kristen Baker, executive director of LISC Greater Cincinnati.
The NFL Foundation’s Grassroots Program — a partnership between the Bengals, NFL Foundation and LISC — is part of an ongoing initiative to distribute more than $2.5 million to local schools. Other local schools that 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. The pitches are either newly constructed or significantly renovated, with upgrades such as irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and grass.