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LISC Donates $100,000 for Hunting Park Football Field

September 21, 2012

Local Initiatives Support Corporation, in partnership with the Philadelphia Eagles, gave a $100,000 grant to build a new football field in the city’s Hunting Park. The park, where North Philadelphia’s football team, The Aztecs, practice had long been in disrepair–dusty during the summer, flooding when it rains. Hunting Park overall had a reputation as unsafe and full of drug use.

This project aims to reverse this stigma, revitalizing the park, and giving youth a safe, dependable place to play. The project was financed in large part by Michael Vick, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, through his philanthropic organization, the Team Vick Foundation. Vick donated $200,000 to the project.

Other sport legends signed on to help the troubled Hunting Park, including the Phillies’ Ryan Howard and tennis great Billie Jean King. Since renovations began, the park has seen a new baseball field, tennis courts, playgrounds and a community garden complete with farmer’s market.

“It has literally been a coalition of champions, an army of champions if you will, who are helping to lift this project up and make it successful,” said Kathryn Ott Lovell, executive director of Fairmount Park Conservancy. “This park became a real liability. People avoided it at all costs.”

Once part of the estate of James Logan, who was state founder William Penn’s secretary, the 87-acre Hunting Park went from a destination point in the 1940s and ’50s to a place riddled with crime and drugs.

 

> Read the full CNN article that covered the story: ‘Match made in heaven’: Michael Vick helps park get a second chance.

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