January 9, 2020 – The Clark County School District will install new synthetic turf at Rancho High School in Las Vegas thanks in part to a $250,000 grant from the Raiders through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program.
The grant from the Raiders, the NFL Foundation, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is among $61 million the Grassroots Program has invested in creating or improving 376 fields nationwide during the last two decades.
The new synthetic turf playing surface at Rancho High School will increase the safety and accessibility of the field, allowing at least a 30 percent increase in field usage.
The NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Program is a partnership between the NFL Foundation and LISC, the nation's leading community development support organization. Fields are newly built or significantly renovated, with improvements including irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf. Grassroots grants are issued once established funding thresholds are reached for each project.
"The students and athletes at Rancho High School can look forward to the installation of a new state of the art field as we continue our commitment to youth football and to our community. The advancement of football at the youth and high school levels remains a top priority for the Raiders and we are excited to introduce this field replacement program to Las Vegas," said Raiders President Marc Badain.
LISC identifies local, nonprofit, community-based agencies that have an interest in building or refurbishing football fields in schools and neighborhood parks. Through the program, local agencies are provided with the necessary financing and technical assistance to improve the quality and safety of fields in their communities. The agencies oversee the construction, maintenance and programming of the fields.