Youth Development & Recreation
LISC works to ensure that field projects receiving NFL funding have matching dollars to meet their total development budgets. Many of the field projects are located in close proximity to other community revitalization efforts, creating a web of local investments that reinforce each other. The program, funded by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, not only provides recreational opportunities: it acts as a catalyst for community redevelopment.
The Buffalo Legacy Project: Mulroy Park (2010)
The Buffalo Legacy Project was awarded a $200,000 grant to assist in the cost of materials associated with the placement of artificial turf materials at Mulroy Park located in South Buffalo, NY. The initial phase of the project involves the construction of a state-of -the art artificial turf athletic field which will accomodate football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and baseball. Phase II of the project includes construction of a community wellness and outreach center at a nearby location to include basketball courts, indoor running track, fitness rooms, locker rooms and multi-purpose rooms.
The Buffalo Legacy Project and its supporters will contirbute a minimum of $500,000 to the project through private supporters, a City of Buffalo commitment of $450,000 through its capital budget, and/or a $300,000 grant through New York State toward the cost of the two-phase project. The initial $700,000 first phase will be for the football field only. It is estimated that more than 2,000 high school participants will benefit from the new field.
The Buffalo City School District: Johnnie B. Wiley Sports Complex (2009)
The Buffalo Public School’s was awarded a $200,000 grant to assist with the restoration/ redevelopment of Johnnie B. Wiley Sports Complex at Jefferson and Best Streets in Buffalo, NY. The project involves the replacement of the existing grass football/ soccer field with a new synthetic field and restoration and replacement of the existing surrounding track, along with the associated subsurface drainage system. Also included are improvements to the existing exterior lighting, locker/ toilet room facilities and restoration and drainage modifications to the adjoining baseball field. NFL Grassroots funds were matched by the City of Buffalo's contribution of $2 million to the overall project, which came from a Special Purpose HUD Grant (HUD NY06SPG21).
The Buffalo Olmsted Conservancy: Riverside Park (2008)
The Riverside Park was an earlier recipient of NFL funding in Buffalo prior to the time that artificial surface deemed more desirable. Wear and tear has led to the demise of the park; however, the Olmsted Conservancy stepped into the care of the park and has proven its value. This grant will ensure the viability of prior public and NFL investments, and place the care of the field in a most capable and widely supported organization.
The Buffalo City School District: All-High Stadium (2005)
Lackawanna CDC: Lackawanna Veterans Stadium (2003)
BlackRock Riverside NHS: Little League Football Field at Riverside (1999)