A $200,000 National Football League Foundation Grassroots Grant will be awarded to Covington Catholic High School next week when executives and players from the Cincinnati Bengals plan to come to Park Hills for a presentation.
The money will be used to help build a new athletic field at the school and the official announcement will be made just before kickoff prior to the Colonels' Homecoming game against Beechwood on Saturday, October 4 at 12:45 p.m.
Cincinnati Bengals Executive Vice President Katie Blackburn and Director of Development Bob Bedinghaus will be on hand to present the grant along with representatives from LISC Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky. Most Reverend Roger J. Foys, Bishop of Covington, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Covington Michael Clines, Principal Bob Rowe, Athletic Director Mike Guidugli, as well as members of the school board and capital campaign committee will be on hand to receive the grant.
Representatives of the Colonel Youth Football program will also be on hand to celebrate the announcement.
The Bengals, the NFL, and LISC will provide Covington Catholic with a $200,000 grant for the field replacement project, which includes installation of a synthetic playing surface that will be utilized by the school and the surrounding community on a daily basis.
“We are happy to continue to support local youth football and especially pleased to play a role in this project. With this grant we have invested more than $1.8 million in funding for football fields in the Greater Cincinnati area over the past several years”, said Katie Blackburn, Cincinnati Bengals Executive Vice President.
While maintenance of the field is accounted for in general operating budgets, the cost of replacement is not. The remaining cost of the project will be paid for entirely by private funds raised via the school’s capital campaign, “Bright Minds... Bright Future.”
"We are grateful to the NFL, LISC, the Bengals, and especially the Brown family for this wonderful gift,” said Principal Bob Rowe. “This grant will allow us to achieve our goal of providing our student athletes and youth football program with a first-class stadium. Projects like this bring enthusiasm and pride to the school community and engage all stakeholders. We are blessed and honored to be partners with these most generous organizations who continue to put our youth at the center."
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