FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Fort Myers High School’s football field is rich in history but in poor condition. As football season has already started, the team is now looking to you and the rest of the Southwest Florida community to help in preserving that history.
"We are in bad need of a renovation to our stadium," Steve Cato, Athletics Director, said.
The field, which sees hundreds of students and student-athletes on it daily, is in desperate need of help.
"It’s in very bad shape; it almost becomes like a sand pit," Cato said. "It’s a safety issue for our kids."
For the last eight years, the field hasn’t been able to maintain healthy grass and has been replaced five times. The school is hoping for a major renovation of the field that would include synthetic turf along with a rubberized track.
"The project could be as much as $1.6 million, and the district has approved the project," Cato said, adding that the school is nearly halfway towards meeting that cost.
With donations and grants from the Miami Dolphins through the NFL's Grass Roots Program, to local donors, like Fort Myers orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Kagan.
But they are still coming up short.
"We don’t want to push this project back any further," Cato said, because putting in on hold could be costly, "That grant has a deadline and if we start getting over the deadline, then we lose that grant from the NFL."
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