STERLING, Va. (WUSA 9) -- The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation donated $100,000 to Park View High School in Loudoun County to help the Patriots convert their football field into a multi-sport, synthetic turf field.
The project will cost a total of $1 million. In addition to the Redskins' $100,000 donation, $100,000 was funded by the NFL Grassroots Field Grant Program and the remaining $800,000 was provided by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
The upgrade will reduce the number of games postponed due to inclement weather, create safer conditions for athletes and make the Park View facility more available to other community groups. Chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Scott York, Redskins owner Dan Snyder and Loudoun County Public Schools superintendent Edgar Hatrick spoke during a press conference at Park View on Tuesday morning to celebrate the turf field project and announce the Redskins' contribution to funding.
"This is going to provide a great opportunity for our students to participate in activities, even when the weather is not as good as it should be," said Hatrick. "And that's something that we look forward to eventually having happen at all of the high schools in Loudoun County."
Park View athletic director Jason Testerman said they plan to start construction in May of 2015. For students like junior soccer player, Miranda Snead, having access to the field on rainy days is critical.
"This season, the weather was terrible and now we're going to be able to play on it whenever we can," said Snead. "I think it's really nice."