AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, Hellas Construction and the Newark Housing Authority hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiling a new soccer complex, in partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation's "Safe Places to Play" program.
The ceremony marked the finalization of the 51,200 sq. ft. installation of Matrix® Synthetic Turf, which is lined for one sub-regulation soccer field and three junior soccer fields at Newark's Waterfront recreational facility. The completion of the project marks the second and largest multi-divisional turf soccer project in the Newark area. Hellas broke ground on the project in September, and completed the design, construction, and turf installation by November.
"Our experience with Hellas Construction and the U.S. Soccer Foundation has been amazing," said Keith Kinard, Executive Director of the Newark Housing Authority. "We had considered building a soccer field for kids in our community for some time now, and we are finally able to do so with the help of the 'Safe Places to Play' program."
The ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 5 p.m. in the Waterfront facility and was open to the public. Representatives from Hellas Construction, the Newark Housing Authority, and the U.S. Soccer Foundation were in attendance to celebrate the occasion.
"The U.S. Soccer Foundation is excited to work with Hellas on yet another transformational project," said Krista Washington, Marketing & Communications Manager for the U.S. Soccer Foundation. "We value working with Hellas and our community partners to positively impact today's youth, and we are excited to bring a state-of-the-art field to the Newark community."
As one of the largest sports construction companies in the U.S., the effect Hellas has had on the U.S. Soccer Foundation's reach is notable. Over 34,000 children were directly impacted this year, and both organizations expect a significantly higher number next year. From conception to execution, Hellas is a hands-on partner who provides critical funding to support three grant cycles per year and the expertise to build these facilities.
About Hellas Construction
Headquartered in Austin, TX, Hellas Construction, Inc. is one of the largest sports construction contractors in the United States. While specializing in the general construction of sports facilities and synthetic surfaces, Hellas also champions innovative artificial turf manufacturing, base construction, field, track and tennis planning, installation and maintenance. To learn more about Hellas Construction, visit hellasconstruction.com.
About the Newark Housing Authority The Newark Housing Authority was founded in 1938. A nonprofit organization, it is the largest public housing authority in New Jersey and the eleventh largest in the country. NHA is charged with providing low-income residents in Newark with decent, safe and affordable housing. NHA manages approximately 10,000 housing units throughout Newark including townhouses, family developments and housing for the elderly and disabled. For more information, please visit http://www.newarkha.org.
About the U.S. Soccer Foundation The U.S. Soccer Foundation is a recognized leader in sports-based youth development programs for children in underserved, urban communities. Since its founding in 1994, the organization has provided more than $100 million in funding to create and sustain innovative programs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Proven to deliver positive health and social outcomes, the Foundation's affordable initiatives offer safe environments in which both boys and girls thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org to learn more.
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