U.S. Soccer Foundation Awards Ten Communities With Soccer Grants

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Hellas to Build All Matrix® Synthetic Turf Fields

Partnership Between U.S. Soccer Foundation and Hellas

Hellas is excited to see the grants process at work and get started building fields for the soccer community in these areas.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, announced the 2014 Grant Recipients for the Safe Places to Play Program. The program seeks to build field spaces in underserved areas in order to provide safe places for children to play. In this year’s first round, ten communities were announced as part of the selected grantees. Hellas Construction, the Foundation’s field construction and synthetic turf partner, will provide the Matrix® Turf system on four projects. The fields will serve multiple organizations providing soccer fields to over 4,000 children and other users.

The grantees include:

  •     Borough of Paramus – The East Brook Middle School turf field will be a multi-sport soccer/lacrosse field located in Pittsfield, MA.
  •     City of Bayonne – A new synthetic turf field at the Veteran’s Stadium as part of an incentive by the Bayonne Youth Soccer Association (BYSA) to promote soccer in the City of Bayonne, NJ.
  •     City of Downey Parks and Recreation – The Discovery Sports Complex located in Downey, CA is one of the city’s most highly-used public parks and creates an ideal site to build and install two synthetic turf soccer fields to meet the community’s growing demand for both recreational and competitive soccer programming.
  •     WestSound FC – The two fields will be located in Silverdale, WA with one field being planned for only soccer, while the other is planned for rugby and lacrosse. The fields will be used by the Olympic College men’s and women’s soccer teams, the area youth soccer clubs and area adult teams.

"Hellas is excited to see the grants process at work and get started building fields for the soccer community in these areas,” said Reed J. Seaton, President and CEO of Hellas Construction, Inc.

Please visit USSoccerFoundation for more information about the Safe Places to Play program.

About the U.S. Soccer Foundation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation is a recognized leader in sports-based youth development programs for children in underserved, urban communities. Since its founding in 1994, the organization has provided more than $60 million in funding to create and sustain innovative programs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Proven to deliver positive health and social outcomes, the Foundation’s affordable initiatives offer safe environments in which both boys and girls thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Visit USSoccerFoundation to learn more.

Editor Note: For your understanding, the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a separate entity from USSF/US/U.S. Soccer. When referring to the U.S. Soccer Foundation, please refer to it by its proper name.

About Hellas Construction

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Hellas Construction is a nationwide contractor with a strong reputation for delivering premium-quality sports construction projects across the United States. Hellas has the ability to custom-manufacture and install brands of synthetic surfaces for field sports, running tracks, and tennis courts, by controlling all related operations. For more information, visit HellasConstruction and Matrix-Turf or follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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