Lincoln Prep holds groundbreaking ceremony for new field

By Dominique McCrary

Northeast News Editorial Assistant

Thanks in part to a $100,000 donation from alum Charles Harris, Lincoln College Prep broke ground on their new $3.5 million football field on Thursday, July 12.

Attendees including Lincoln Prep educators, Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell, Athletic Director James Sanders, and donors who helped make the new field a reality.

Plans for the new facility include improved bleachers and a new scoreboard. These modifications will make it possible for the varsity football team to have home games on the field again.

“This is a special moment for every Lincoln grad that’s ever went through these doors of, as they call it, the school on the hill,” said Sanders. “So, I think everybody just wants it perfect.”

Charles Harris speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for Lincoln Prep’s new athletic field.

In addition to the new football field, improvements to the track and lines for a soccer field will be added as as well, according to Sanders. Harris, a former University of Missouri football standout and a 2017 first-round NFL draft pick, made a donation of $100,000 for the football field. On Thursday, he said he was excited for members of the community to enjoy the changes, as well as future games at the new field.

“The fact that it’s getting built, that the kids will enjoy it, that’s what I care about,” said Harris, a defensive end with the Miami Dolphins.

A common message from the speakers was a joy in seeing a positive impact on the youth in the community.

With the improvements to the field, the football squad won’t be the only team to enjoy the improvements. The track team and the soccer team will now be able to practice on the high school campus, and gym classes can also take advantage of the new facilities.

The field renovations are expected to be completed by July 2019, according to Sanders.

Below: Lincoln Prep Principal Kristian Foster describes the field improvements during the groundbreaking ceremony.

Comments are closed.

  • Proposed library levy increase would benefit North-East branch

    20 hours ago

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News The North-East branch of the Kansas City Public Library system would be a primary benefactor […]

    SVN cuts ribbon on new learning space

    August 14th, 2018

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News Seventh and eight-grade students at Scuola Vita Nuova (SVN) will be learning in state-of-the-art new […]

    Police chase leads to fatal Northeast car crash

    August 14th, 2018

    Paul Thompson Northeast News A man driving a stolen truck fled from police and caused a fatal car crash in […]

    Northeast Newscast Episode 58 – a conversation w/ Jason Kander, KCMO Mayoral candidate

    August 10th, 2018

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News This week on Kansas City’s Northeast Newscast, managing editor Paul Thompson sits down with 2019 […]

    KCPD East Patrol set to tackle new pet project

    August 8th, 2018

    Paul Thompson Northeast News A new partnership in development at the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department’s East Patrol Division will […]

  • James, Parson comment on KCMO issues during Governor’s visit

    August 8th, 2018

    Paul Thompson Northeast News Standing atop the pitching mound on Alex Gordon Family Field – an indoor practice space at […]

    August 7 Primary Election Results

    August 7th, 2018

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News Kansas City voters weighed in on a right-to-work law, a municipal rental inspection program and […]

    Kansas City PAL Center hosts Back to School Field Day

    August 7th, 2018

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News Hundreds of new faces showed up at the KCPD Police Athletic League (PAL) Center at […]

    Judge declines to reduce serial burglar’s bond

    August 6th, 2018

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News On Monday, August 6, Deandre Buchanan appeared via television screen before Circuit Court Judge Kevin […]

    Serial burglar Buchanan once again apprehended by KCPD

    August 3rd, 2018

    By Michael Bushnell and Paul Thompson Northeast News DeAndre Buchanan, the notorious Historic Northeast burglar released from custody in late […]

  • What’s Happening

    Norman School: A proud testament to Historic Preservation

    Norman School in the 3500 block of Jefferson was built in 1898 by John Perry, Principal of the Keith & […]

    Frontier Schools: Summer Solar Car Challenge

    retorts illustrated by bryan stalder

  • Local Weather