NFL Legacy Project: Arlington ISD to Receive $1.8 Million Football Field Renovation
By Office of Communication
Posted on April 25, 2018, April 25, 2018

The City of Arlington, Dallas Cowboys, Gene and Jerry Jones Family Arlington Youth Foundation, NFL Foundation and Hellas Construction teamed up Wednesday to ensure that the legacy of the NFL Draft extends far beyond the week's festivities in a groundbreaking ceremony at Workman Junior High School.

At the ceremony, the Gene and Jerry Jones Arlington Youth Foundation, NFL Foundation, and Hellas Construction donated $1.85 million to the Arlington ISD to replace the current grass on the field at Workman Junior High School with a synthetic turf surface, as well as upgrade and replace the lighting and scoreboard. The Arlington ISD will replace the track.

"The NFL Legacy Project and work at Workman Junior High to construct a competitive field for our students and community will be beneficial and provide opportunities for years to come," Arlington ISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos said. "We believe that our success depends on an engaged community, and we appreciate the partnership and generosity of the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL and Hellas Construction."

The upgraded field at Workman Junior High will change the face of AISD athletics, providing the junior high school football and soccer teams with a state-of-the art playing field at a facility dedicated to the level of competition. Currently, Arlington ISD junior high student-athletes play at a variety of district facilities that are at the mercy of weather, with a lack of field lighting-and are often impacted by schedules for the older athletes' practices and games.

The new field at Workman was officially unveiled as the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Field.

"This is going to help our kids, our students realize their American dream right here in our community," Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams said.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the impact of the NFL Draft is meant to extend far beyond the stage.

"We are proud to work with the Jones' family, Dallas Cowboys, City of Arlington and local organizations to leave a lasting legacy in the host community and ensure that youth have the resources and support to continue to achieve success on and off the field for years to come," Goodell said.

Charlotte Jones Anderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of the Dallas Cowboys said "We're excited to use the energy during NFL Draft week to showcase the values that organized sports teach girls and boys and the long-lasting impact it can have for the entire community."

The impact of the 2018 NFL Draft has extended far beyond AT&T Stadium through the Dallas Cowboys and NFL's many community events hosted throughout Draft week across Arlington, Dallas and the surrounding communities. From youth football clinics to character-building initiatives, Salute to Service events and school celebrations, thousands of local children and their families will experience the excitement of Draft.

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