Tapestry Charter School receives $250,000 to build community sports complex

The Buffalo Bills, through the National Football League Foundation’s Grassroots Program, awarded Tapestry Charter School $250,000 so the school can install a new synthetic turf field at its community and multi-sport athletics complex. in North Buffalo. The grant came from the Bills, the NFL Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).

Local grants are awarded once established funding thresholds are met for each project.

To date, the NFL Foundation’s Grassroots program – a partnership between the NFL Foundation and LISC, the nation’s leading community development organization – has done wonders for communities across the United States, supporting the construction or renovation of 416 pitches football across the country since 1998 (amounting to $58 million – $6 million this year alone). Renovations include irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf.

Tapestry Charter School’s new community sports complex will serve Tapestry’s 1,100 students, as well as young people from across the city. Facilities will be made available to youth for fitness and sports activities such as football, flag football, lacrosse, soccer and track and field events.

This facility will be the central hub for PlayBuffalo.

To this end, The tapestry developed PlayBuffalo – a collaborative organization of public, private, and charter schools that brings schools together to create more comprehensive teams and clinics that can make better use of the field and its additional amenities.

“This is a very special time in Tapestry’s 20-year history, and I couldn’t be more excited about our school and the wider City of Buffalo community,” said Eric Klapper, Executive Director of Tapestry Charter School. “Our job is to expand access and opportunity for the students and families we serve, and thanks to the Buffalo Bills, NFL Foundation and LISC, the Buffalo community will have broader and more equitable access to facilities for sports for young people, and therefore all the benefits of health, well-being and social and emotional well-being that flow from it.

Bills Owner and President Kim Pegula says, “Supporting the development of safe and accessible places for children in Buffalo to participate in sports and be physically active is an important part of our community outreach. Thank you to the NFL Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation for your partnership in this grant opportunity. We are delighted with the positive impact the Tapestry Charter School facilities will have on our community and look forward to the opening of the facilities.

LISC has not only partnered with Tapestry Charter School to access funding for the project, it also helps provide technical assistance. The joint agencies oversee the construction, maintenance and programming of the fields.

“COVID has revealed how critical schools and recreation spaces are to community health and the economy,” said Julie Barrett O’Neill, executive director of LISC Western New York. “This exciting project by Tapestry is located in an area of ​​the city where space for recreation and parks is limited. Tapestry has worked hard to prepare its site for this investment. We are excited to have this facility open to children in the City of Buffalo who attend charter schools as well as other community organizations looking for field space.

A new synthetic turf field will be constructed at the Tapestry Community Athletics and Multisport Complex in North Buffalo. View recent school developments.

Dino J. Dotson