The Green Bay Packers Foundation has awarded the Challenger League and Fox Valley Pop Warner a $200,000 grant for the Challenger Field redevelopment project at Plamann Park in Appleton, the organization announced today.
The grant, awarded by the Packers Foundation with funds secured through the NFL’s Club Game Field Grant Program, will be used to match locally raised funds for the project.
Fox Valley Pop Warner, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing local youth with the opportunity to participate in safe, supervised, fun and affordable organized football, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. In 2006, the organization launched a Challenger League, which offers a flag football program for children with disabilities in grades two through high school. Players from Green Bay to Oshkosh can participate in the league, which is currently the only Challenger League football program in the state of Wisconsin.
The Challenger Field Redevelopment Project is taking place in Outagamie County’s Plamann Park in Appleton and will include an accessible sports field with synthetic turf, lighting and site amenities, an accessible walkway connecting the sports field restrooms and a new disabled parking area.
The ground itself will be used for Challenger League football, as well as other youth and flag football league matches, youth lacrosse, youth soccer and others. community events. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2023.
“We are proud to award this grant to the Challenger League and Fox Valley Pop Warner for their project to provide a high quality sports field for young athletes of all levels,” said Packers President and CEO, Mark Murphy. “It is vitally important that the sport of football is accessible and welcoming to all. This new ground and accompanying facilities will provide an ideal place for children and their families to learn the value of teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship.”
“We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Green Bay Packers and the NFL,” said Kurt Dietzen, president of Fox Valley Pop Warner. “We would like to thank the Packers for their support and are very grateful for their commitment to partnering with us on this project. The new grass field will provide many positive opportunities for young athletes of all levels. Thank you again for your support and to have a positive impact on families in our community.”
This is the Packers’ fifth such grant in conjunction with the NFL’s Club Game Field Grant Program. It is also the 20th grant the Packers have obtained since 1998 for Wisconsin organizations working on new or renovated sports fields and stadiums, with a cumulative total of $3,110,000.
Previous grants, with a combined value of $2,910,000, have been awarded to Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation (2020), Racine Unified School District (2018), Milwaukee Public Schools (2017), Pulaski Community School District (2017), Green Bay Area Public School District (2015), Logan High School-La Crosse School District (2015), Bay Port High School Howard-Suamico School District (2014), Ashwaubenon School District (2013), Manitowoc Public School District (2012), West Allis-West Milwaukee School District (2011), Journey House in Milwaukee (2009), Wrightstown High School (2009), Green Bay Southwest High School (2008), Custer High School, Milwaukee (2005), Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay (2005), Bradley Tech High School, Milwaukee (2003), Green Bay East High School (2001), Green Bay Preble High School (2001), and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (1998).
About the NFL Foundation: The NFL Foundation is the league’s non-profit organization representing the 32 NFL clubs. Its mission is to support the health, safety and well-being of athletes, youth football and the communities that support our sport.