Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is delighted to announce that it will receive $250,000 from the Minnesota Vikings, through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program, to install a new synthetic turf field at Como Park Senior High School.
“This is a great honor for our school,” said principal Theresa Neal, “and we are so grateful to the Vikings and NFL for funding our request, and to the many people inside and outside the school district who created a compelling proposal.”
The Como Park football program has been at a competitive disadvantage throughout its existence. Como’s Varsity Football team has practiced on a combination of grass, weeds, mud and marsh, inside a track. Varsity games could not be held at Como, which has played its “home” games off site. Como has never hosted a varsity football game or had a homecoming game on campus.
“The proud traditions of Como Senior High are evolving,” said Neal, “and that evolution has brought new vigor to the school. Joining football, basketball and hockey as athletic mainstays are, now, lacrosse and futsal. Many of these sports and many community events will take place each year on the new field.”
Community support for the replacement of Como’s football field is comprehensive and passionate, as evidenced by the 17 uniquely powerful letters of support included with the school’s proposal to the NFL and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). The support goes well beyond students, parents and alumni of the school:
Through its Facilities Master Plan, SPPS will provide the balance of the funds needed to complete the field.