Let the football matches begin!
The fourth and fifth graders of PS 36 enthusiastically threw balls and played a game after the school held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday to unveil its new mini football field.
Annadale School Principal Barbara Bellafatto addressed students and faculty before cutting the ribbon, officially inaugurating the new playing surface. The event was originally scheduled for last Friday but was postponed until because of the rain.
The new field is one of 50 new mini fields being created across the city as part of the NYC Soccer Initiative, a one-of-a-kind public-private partnership that remains committed to building, maintaining and programming the fields. The NYC Soccer Initiative was launched in 2016.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, US Soccer Foundation, New York City Football Club, Etihad Airways and adidas launched the NYC Soccer Initiative. In total, $ 3 million was spent in the fields.
“Investing in recreational spaces for our children builds stronger communities,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I am grateful to the Mayor’s Fund and our partners for their commitment to providing more young people with opportunities to participate in sports and programs where they can develop life skills to be successful on and off the field. “
“These soccer fields contribute enormously to the mental and physical fitness of our young people. The skills they learn and the games they play provide opportunities for them to learn teamwork and empathy, ”said First Lady Chirlane McCray. “I thank the Mayor’s Fund and community partners for keeping their promise to bring 50 new football fields to New York neighborhoods.”
As a result, safe zones were created to promote physical health, youth development and community engagement.
A total of 13 new locations were created this calendar year.
PS 36 was one of the seven schools on the Island to acquire a new domain, since 2017. PS 57 also obtained a new domain this year. PS 18 and PS 60 got land in 2020. In 2019, PS 42 got new land, while middle school Rocco Laurie got of them land in 2018. The Dreyfus intermediate school was the first school on the island to receive new land in 2017.
“We firmly believe that exercise is the key to good health and that is why the Staten Island Foundation Board of Trustees approved its investment in mini-fields as part of our health goal,” said Laura Jean Watters, Executive Director of the Staten Island Foundation. “We have appreciated this opportunity to join the Fund and other partners to invest in sites where young people on Staten Island increase their physical activity. Our combined investments will benefit many children for many years to come.