Sept 18, 2013
Portland Parks & Recreation, NFL Star Ndamukong Suh, NIKE, Friends of
Grant Athletics, Portland Public Schools and Grant High School Announce
Grand Opening of Turf Field:
Partners Celebrate Successful Public-Private Partnership with Ceremony,
(Portland, OR) –
Portland Public Schools (PPS), City Commissioners Amanda Fritz
and Nick Fish, NIKE, and the Friends of Grant Athletics, Detroit Lions
football star Ndamukong Suh
(Grant Class of 2005) and the Ndamukong Suh Family Foundation are pleased to announce
the grand opening celebration/homecoming game for the new turf athletic
field at Grant High School. The adjacent new synthetic track is being
striped and expected to open to the public and for competition within a
Grand opening celebration for the completion of a new athletic field and
track at Grant High School, homecoming game Barlow vs. Grant.
Portland City Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish; NIKE’s Elliott
Hill and Tinker Hatfield; PPS Superintendent Carole Smith; Grant High
Principal Carol Campbell, Friends of Grant Athletics, and Grant High
School student-athletes, the Grant band, the Royal Blues
Friday, September 20, 2013. Celebration will begin at 3:15pm; homecoming
game will follow.
The Grant HS track and field behind the school, which is located at 2245
N.E. 36th Ave., Portland 97212
Suh, a 2005 graduate of Grant who has become a star in the NFL,
fostered a key donation of $250,000 through his family foundation to the
project. The Foundation’s contribution was the final piece needed
to help get construction underway.
has been extremely satisfying to have the opportunity to help our sports
programs compete at a true home field,” said Suh. “It’s something we
have all wanted for a very long time."
The project to create a new playing surface for Grant was underway for
more than 12 years. The Friends of Grant Athletics, a non-profit 501c3,
began raising money and awareness about the state of Grant’s athletic
fields and the group has spearheaded the efforts to raise money for the
Friends of Grant Athletics raised over $437,000 with the Grant Community
of neighbors, school teams, foundations, grants, and businesses for the
track and field project. In addition, NIKE gave a generous grant
to Friends of Grant Athletics for the project totaling $350,000.
The Grant Field and Track project is part of
a city-wide effort, Places for Sport, to provide safe, quality fields
and tracks at all Portland Public Schools (PPS) high schools. Thus
far, the City, NIKE, PPS, and community volunteers have teamed up and
built year-around turf fields and tracks at Benson, Roosevelt,
Lincoln, Cleveland, and now Grant High Schools, providing year-round
access to students and the community.
“Nike is committed to supporting projects that promote access to sport,”
says Elliott Hill, Nike President, Geographies and Sales.
“Physical inactivity has reached epidemic proportions worldwide.
Nike seeks to create early, positive experiences for kids in sport and
physical activity. We are proud to be part of this inspiring
project and partnership, which supports the present and future needs of
so many students.”
“The Grant community now has a magnificent track and field to be proud
of for years to come,” says City Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz.”
“This is a partnership that will continue to benefit the neighborhood
and the City as a whole, and I commend Commissioner Nick Fish for his
extraordinary leadership on this project.”
would not be celebrating this new field and track without the many years
of hard work by the Grant community,” says City Commissioner Nick Fish.
“This project is an example of how we all benefit when private and
public partners come together around a shared goal."
Grant students now have a turf athletic playing surface for the first
time and a new, state of the art track. The old track had been in
such poor condition that it was deemed unsafe for competitive use.
Superintendent Carole Smith said that during these difficult financial
times, a project like this could only be accomplished through the
generosity of the Friends of Grant Athletics and their grassroots
community fundraising, NIKE’s commitment to community wellness and
equity for all students, Portland Parks & Recreation’s commitment to
ensure that all neighborhoods have access to excellent sports and park
facilities, and through alumni like Ndamukong Suh.
“Every partner came together to close the gap in funding this project,”
adds a grateful Superintendent Smith. “We are so fortunate to have the
kindness and generosity of Ndamukong, who began his path to the NFL on
this field and has now helped ensure that other Grant athletes have
access to one of the best facilities in our city. What a great
gift and lesson to all of us – the importance of our communities and
giving back when we can, in whatever way we can.”
Aug 12, 2013
Save the Date!
Field Dedication Friday September 20, 2013
Grant vs. Barlow - Homecoming
Auguest 14, 2012
FGA Fall 2012 News
Since our September 2010 capital campaign
kick off, the Friends of Grant Athletics
(FGA) have come a long way. Your support and generous contributions will
transform the Grant Bowl into a state of the art athletic field and
track and field
facility. The help of nearly 1,000 community donors and very generous
contributions by NIKE, Fields for Sport Fund, Autzen Foundation, City of
Portland Parks Sports Users Group, United Finance Co., Legacy Health,
Juan Young Trust, Portland Timbers and several anonymous donors have
our campaign over $1 million toward the $1.750 million dollar overall
goal. FGA is
pleased to have the support of Portland Parks & Recreation Commissioner
Nick Fish to convene community partners to support this project and to
this long awaited project to fruition.
Read the complete News Letter
December 20, 2011
The Friends of Grant Athletics Bolster
Financial and Community Support for Fields Project.
New donors and recent fundraising events move community
group closer to phase one goal for field reconstruction
Click here for full news release:
November 16, 2011 –
United Finance has contributed $10,000
to the Grant Fields Improvement Project!
Our sincere thanks to this leading local, family-owned
consumer finance company that was founded in 1922. United
Finance is located in Portland at 515 East Burnside and
operates 24 branches in Oregon, Washington and Nevada. The
company has supported Grant Football and youth athletics for
more than a decade. We appreciate their continued commitment
and contribution! Learn more about United Finance by
October 16, 2011 –
The First Annual Grant Park
Octoberfest was a huge success! Thank you to everyone involved and
especially to the 520 participants. We raised money for the fields as
well as many neighborhood schools.
Check out the video
August 16, 2011 –
Friends of Grant Athletics & Foot
Traffic Announce First Annual U.S. Grant Park
Octoberfest to Benefit Grant Fields Project.
August 6, 2011 – Friends of Grant Athletics raises $950 at 25th Annual
Fremont Festival! Thanks to all volunteers and the community for coming
out and “dunking” our Grant athletes.
June 15, 2011 The Friends of
Grant Athletics Raise an Additional $315,000 for Fields Improvement