(photo courtesy of the NFL Foundation)

The Indianapolis Colts and the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program are providing $100,000 to help an Indianapolis school build a new athletic field. The organizations will help install a new natural grass field for the Sean Cowdrey Health & Wellness Complex Athletic Field, which is home to Phalen Leadership Academies.

The Grassroots program is a partnership between the NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corp. The program has granted nearly $58 million to construct or renovate 416 football fields since 1998. Improvements include irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards and goal posts.

“Safe, accessible places to play and exercise are part of what makes neighborhoods healthy and sustainable,” said Dr. David Hampton, LISC Indianapolis Executive Director. “Our partnership with the Indianapolis Colts and the NFL Foundation is devoted to building the infrastructure, through partnerships and resident involvement, to help sustain open spaces for community use.”

The field will be the 11th Indianapolis field to be improved. Previous fields include Douglas Park, Gustafson Park, and Ben Davis High School Football Field, among others.