The Cincinnati Bengals joined in the celebration Friday night as football season got underway on the new field at Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School.
Representatives from Deer Park and the Bengals attended a field dedication ceremony before the Wildcats took on Williamsburg.
The Bengals and the NFL Foundation teamed up to contribute $200,000 to the Deer Park Community City Schools athletic department, topping off a fundraising effort that raised more than $700,000.
The grant helped install artificial stadium turf, new goal posts and asphalt in necessary areas at the Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School stadium. This allows for additional use of the field for more football games, as well as other sporting events, physical education classes and band usage.
The grant was the latest in an ongoing program in which the Bengals and the NFL have coordinated to distribute $1.5 million to local schools for new football fields. Other schools include Clinton-Massie High School, Covington Catholic High School, Lockland High School, Oak Hills High School, Taylor High School, Withrow University High School and Midway Elementary School.
Additionally, over the past three years, the Bengals and the NFL have worked together to distribute grants of more than $286,000 to numerous schools and other institutions, including the American Heart Association, Boys & Girls Clubs, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Salvation Army.