WENTZ FAMILY FOUNDATION FIELDS

The Wentz Family Foundation Fields at Archbishop Hoban High School is a $1.1 million capital project to resurface two playing fields and the softball field with lined, high-quality synthetic turf.

Resurfacing the Wentz Fields is fully funded through philanthropic efforts. An initial $250,000 grant from the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program, made possible through the Browns partnership, was given to help finance the resurfacing of one field. Hoban raised the additional funds necessary to create a transformational project that will ultimately impact a much larger number of student-athletes, both at Hoban and among Akron community youth athletic leagues. The fenced fields provide a safe and clean environment for student-athletes to practice and compete. 

“With these fields, Hoban is able to give back to the Akron community and offer critical support to community youth athletic programs and the young athletes they support,” Athletic Director Tim Tyrrell said. “It also alleviates scheduling conflicts among Hoban teams and eliminates student-athletes having to practice late in the day."

ABOUT NFL FOUNDATION GRASSROOTS PROGRAM

The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program is a partnership of the National Football League Foundation (NFL Foundation) and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation to provide non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local athletic fields.  The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program provides grants of up to $250,000 for capital improvement projects. 

Parks and ball fields can serve as tremendous community assets because they offer opportunities for recreation, education and relaxation that contribute to the local quality of life, especially for young people.  Since 1998, the NFL Foundation Grassroots program has awarded more than $46 million in grants for more than 336 projects nationwide.

With these fields, Hoban is able to give back to the Akron community and offer critical support to community youth athletic programs and the young athletes they support. It also alleviates scheduling conflicts among Hoban teams and eliminates student-athletes having to practice late in the day.

TIM TYRRELL, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Hoban and the Cleveland Browns held a blessing and dedication event for the Wentz Family Foundation Fields on Sept. 24. The event celebrated the construction and refurbishment of the school’s grass athletic fields located on Black Street.

Following remarks from Bud Wentz, Browns representatives Darrell Taylor and offensive lineman Drew Forbes, school and city officials, the school held a pep assembly with the entire Hoban student body.

KICK OFF CELEBRATION EVENT – MAY 6, 2021