CLINTON — Football cleats hit the new field turf at Clinton High School on Monday, days after the field was completed and a little more than two weeks before the first game of the season.
During a Clinton School Board meeting Monday, Activities Director Gary Lueders told board members the field was completed Friday and caused a slight delay in football practice Monday night as players had first encounters with their new home territory.
“It’s so neat to be able to see our kids really excited,” Lueders said. “They kind of bounced around a little bit and eventually they got down to business and we’ve got football practice going now. It’s something as a community I think we can be truly proud of. It looks really sharp.”
The athletic turf features the CHS logo in the center, with red and white borders and “Clinton” running along the side.
Football players won’t be the only CHS students to experience the athletic turf. In addition to football, the field will be used for marching band practice throughout the first trimester, as well as physical education classes during the year, Lueders explained.
School Board member Missey Sullivan-Pope applauded the district’s new facility.
“It’s amazing. I just saw it and it’s very cool for those kids to be able to experience something so neat,” she said.
The more-than $1 million project was funded with donations and grants to the Restoring Royalty campaign of the River Kings and Queens Athletic Boosters Club.
Superintendent Deb Olson praised the community’s investment in Clinton and the students, noting how rare she believes it is to find such a supportive community.
“They’re just proud of their kids and they want what’s best for the kids,” Olson said. “Think about the last seven years how much has been done for our kids. It’s truly a blessing,” she said.