For years the athletic field behind Northeast High School has looked sad and practically abandoned. Not anymore.
It’s going to get a makeover thanks to the National Football League Grassroots Grant program, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the Kansas City Chiefs. The athletic field in the Northeast area will be one of a handful nationwide to get $200,000 from the NFL program to replace the existing field with artificial turf and a $25,000 ESPN amenities grant for a new scoreboard.
Officials will gather at Northeast High School, 415 Van Brunt Blvd., at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to make the announcement of the grant awards. Students at the high school and nearby Northeast Middle School use the athletic field.
People attending the announcement will include Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson and teammates. It will take place at the football practice for the Northeast Vikings.
The Northeast High grant grows out of a partnership between the NFL Youth Football Fund and LISC. The NFL Grassroots Program has awarded close to $40 million in grants over 16 years to local nonprofits intent on improving the health and well-being of communities, especially for children in neighborhoods.
Kansas City Public Schools has invested about $23 million in improvements to Northeast High and Northeast Middle schools. The enhanced athletic field will be an improvement that will benefit the overall community in addition to the students.