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Ben Franklin High awarded grant from U.S. Soccer Foundation

Date: January 26th, 2018



BFHS Receives Grant to Fund Improvements on the Benjamin Franklin High School Field
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL today announced it has been awarded a $6,300 grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the national model for sports-based youth development programs in underserved communities. This grant is intended to fund the enhancement of the irrigation system. Benjamin Franklin High School was one of eight organizations to receive a grant.
“The Franklin community sincerely appreciates this grant, and the way that it links with other funding sources in order to create an improved athletic field and facilities.  Our school has excellent coaches and student athletes, and both boys’ and girls’ soccer are competitive statewide.  However, we have been hampered by not having a quality field.  This grant from the US Soccer Foundation will address the need of an irrigation system.,” said Dr. Patrick Widhalm, Head of School.
The project concerns a comprehensive and much needed resurfacing of the field to be used by the students of the school and local schools that do not have a field. When the field is resurfaced, the irrigation system will be upgraded and expanded.
This grant was awarded as part of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program. Across the country children in underserved communities face an acute shortage of safe places to play largely because there isn’t enough space in which to create them or funding to maintain them. Safe Places to Play gives kids safe and accessible areas to play by funding the costs of design, construction, surfacing and enhancement in these communities.
Since its inception in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants to non-profit organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Support for the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s grant process is provided by the Foundation’s corporate partners, including AstroTurf, Brock, Hunter Industries, Kwik Goal, Musco Sports Lighting,, and Sport Court.
Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans’ most outstanding public charter school, has been preparing students for success through academic achievement since it was founded in 1957. Consistently ranked as a “top public high school in the nation” by U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, and Business Week, Franklin has received the highest School Performance Score in Louisiana, making it the #1 public school in the state, year after year.  Franklin is a four-time recipient of the National Blue Ribbon Award, as well as the National Green Ribbon Award and produces Presidential and National Merit Scholars each year.  The exceptional students, faculty and staff of Benjamin Franklin High School are the best and the brightest of New Orleans. For more information, visit or call the admissions office directly at 504-286-2610.
Media Contact:  Christy Cowart Read, Benjamin Franklin High School,, 504-286-2615
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