RACINE — Thanks in part to a $250,000 grant from the Green Bay Packers, the Racine Unified School District will convert the practice field at Pritchard Park into a state-of-the-art football facility.
The facility will feature artificial turf, proper seating, goal posts and other amenities.
The grant from the Packers, the NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is part of more than $3 million in field refurbishment awards allocated this year.
"This will benefit countless youth and families for many years to come.” — Dr. Eric Gallien, RUSD superintendent
This is the 17th grant secured by the Packers since 1998 for Wisconsin organizations working on new or renovated athletic fields and stadiums.
“The NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Grant will support our collaborative efforts with Racine County to create state-of-the-art athletic facilities for the Racine community,” Dr. Eric Gallien, RUSD superintendent, said in a news release on packers.com. “RUSD is thankful to the NFL Foundation and LISC for recognizing the need in our community and helping us to realize our vision. This will benefit countless youth and families for many years to come.”
Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave said the grant will bring "our vision for Pritchard Park to life. As we move forward on the next phase of the SC Johnson Community Sports Complex, we are grateful and ecstatic that the NFL Foundation and LISC value and support this project and will help us create a true community asset for RUSD and Racine County as a whole.”