Dee and Jimmy Haslam to refurbish five CMSD fields

Dee Haslam

As part of the Browns’ dedication to education, youth and high school football and Cleveland, Dee and Jimmy Haslam has commitment to provide five Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) fields with high-quality synthetic turf during the next two years, it was announced on Monday May 9 at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Browns, CMSD and the City of Cleveland extensively collaborated on the project, scheduled to begin this month at two sites.

“Since making Cleveland our home, we have focused on improving football and education for the entire region. By installing these five synthetic turf fields within CMSD, we are able to combine those two passions to give our youth, schools and communities year-round access to the resources they deserve,” the Haslams said.

“In addition to how these types of projects and participation in sports can help motivate students to attend school and succeed in the classroom, playing youth and high school football offers our city’s children unique opportunities to develop teamwork, character and life skills that will benefit them throughout their lives, as well as the City of Cleveland’s future.”

During the community impact project’s planning stages, CMSD identified five fields that would provide the most significant results throughout the city, as well the ideal timeline for each site. Two fields – Roye Kidd Field and James F. Rhodes Field – will be completed for the start of the 2016 high school football season, while John Adams Field and John Marshall Field will be renovated in 2017. The timeline for Bump Taylor Field, located at Patrick Henry School, is being finalized.

“This project provides opportunities to our young people, and partners like the Cleveland Browns help us invest in and provide the resources our students need to succeed,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.