Mayor announces all fifteen public high school athletic programs will receive new athletic fields

Today Mayor John Cooper announced that each Metro Nashville Public High School (MNPS) athletic program will receive a new athletic field, an initiative made possible through an innovative partnership with the Tennessee Titans and the Foundation for Athletics in Nashville Schools, Inc. (The Fans Inc), a non-profit organization dedicated to sponsoring athletic programs at MNPS schools.

The project budget will be approximately US$15 million, with each district-operated high school receiving US$1 million to construct a new athletic field or otherwise improve athletic facilities based on each school’s specific needs.

Mayor Cooper proposes that one-third of Metro’s funding will come through upcoming investment plans, in addition to the third coming from the Tennessee Titans through a $5 million over 5-year grant to MNPS Athletics through The Fans Inc. and the remaining third is raised from private donors through The Fans Inc. fundraising campaign. Titan’s contribution is part of their larger ONE Community Benefits platform of 16 local and regional organizations.

The announcement was first aired this morning in a report by NBC News’ Craig Melvin on NBC’s TODAY. It will be rebroadcast in the central time zone at 8:35am CT on Channel 4/WSMV. Please request photos from Craig’s shoot at East Magnet High School yesterday.

“Today’s announcement means that by the time the Titans have a new home stadium for game day, so will every Nashville public high school,” said Mayor John Cooper. “University sport brings neighborhoods together. In my first three years as mayor, we made the largest investment in our classrooms in our city’s history. As I travel through Nashville, I see how important it is that we invest in every part of our children’s lives, including sports. Our students progress on test scores and excel, and their teams make the playoffs and win championships. It’s time to meet them by giving them the quality facilities they deserve.”

Mayor Cooper has prioritized consistent investment in MNPS. In just three years, Mayor Cooper and the Metro Council have provided every student with laptops and internet to bridge the digital divide; teacher pay increases to make our teachers the highest paid in the state; first paid family leave for all MNPS employees; significant pay increases for bus drivers, food service workers and other support workers; expanded resources such as advocacy centers in elementary schools, more psychological counseling and social workers; and nearly $400 million to modernize school facilities, from a new middle school in Cane Ridge to a new elementary school in Goodlettsville.

“Nashville welcomed the Titans with open arms nearly 25 years ago, and since then the team and its vast network of former players, coaches and fans have become an integral part of the city’s cultural fabric,” said Eddie George, head football coach at Tennessee State University and former Titans great. “It’s about a lot more than just football — it’s about making Nashville a city where we want to raise our families and where everyone can thrive. Today’s announcement is just the latest example of how deeply the Tennessee Titans organization cares about the Nashville community and its future.”

“We are fully committed to educating well-rounded students and investing in their success both inside and outside the classroom,” said Dr. Adrienne Battle, Principal of Metro Nashville Public Schools. “Our young athletes and incredible staff make the school board and all of MNPS proud every day, and they deserve facilities that match their outstanding efforts and dedication. I am grateful to Mayor Cooper, the Titans and our private partners for making this dream a reality, and I hope this exciting announcement will help inspire the next generation of MNPS athletes.”

“We are thrilled to be taking part in a project that demonstrates our shared commitment to MNPS athletics,” said Jamie Hollin, President of The Fans Inc. “Boys and girls of all ages, from every neighborhood, will soon be competing on and from premier fields benefit from a unique partnership. I appreciate Mayor Cooper and the Tennessee Titans coming together to make this happen.”

To contribute to the effort, text HOMEFIELD at 615-488-4670.

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