Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village Receives Grant

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Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village (SBEV) has been awarded a grant by the NFL/LISC Grassroots Program and the Detroit Lions of $250,000 for a new synthetic turf field at the new Flint Sports Complex. The grant from the Lions, the NFL Foundation, and Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC) is part of $3 million in field refurbishment awards allocated this year.

“We are honored to be able to work with LISC Flint and the NFL Foundation to bring this significant Grassroots Program grant to Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village and in turn the children of Flint,” said Senior Director of Community Relations and Detroit Lions Charities Jen McCollum. “It’s of the utmost importance to us at the Detroit Lions to aid in access to safe, healthy play throughout Michigan. This investment will pay dividends in the community now and in the future.”

LISC identifies local, nonprofit, community-based agencies that have an interest in building or refurbishing football fields in schools and parks. Through the program, local agencies are provided with financing and assistance to improve the quality and safety of their football fields.

“We are thrilled that Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village was selected for this grant,” commented Charlotte Smith, Deputy Director of the LISC Flint office. “Maryum and her team worked hard to put together an impressive application and their efforts paid off. The new Flint Sports Complex at Sylvester Broome will benefit more than 25,000 youth athletes and thousands of Flint residents who will use the new facility for community events. The LISC Flint staff are excited to have played a role in this new domed, year-round facility becoming an integral part of the north Flint community.”

On Monday, January 27, a check will be presented by Detroit Lions Legend Lomas Brown to Mayor Neeley and SBEV Executive Director Maryum Rasool at Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village at 10 am.

Congratulations to SBEV and the kids of Flint. We can’t wait to see the result.

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