Last Modified: Thursday, June 14, 2012 5:49 PM
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will award $2.5 million in grants for new or refurbished football fields in 15 cities.
The money will go to schools, parks and other facilities in Atlanta; Spartanburg, S.C.; Chicago; Alexandria, Ky.; Grafton, Ohio; Pueblo, Colo.; Detroit; West Allis, Minn.; New Orleans; Newark, N.J.; Philadelphia; Penn Hills, Pa.; Clearwater, Fla.; Madison, Tenn.; and Washington.
Teams whose markets will benefit from the grants are the Falcons, Panthers, Bears, Bengals, Browns, Broncos, Lions, Packers, Saints, Giants, Eagles, Steelers, Buccaneers, Titans and Redskins.
Commissioner Roger Goodell calls community fields "the pillars of neighborhoods across the country, places where families can 'play 60' together in a safe environment."
The program is a partnership between the league and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.