Cal Poly Pomona has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation that will be used to develop an all-conditions field on campus adjacent to Kellogg Field. The money slated for the all-conditions field is to be used for the construction of full-size soccer fields that can used by community and campus groups around the clock, no matter the weather. The grant is an initial step in the eventual construction of a lighted, all-conditions field.
Cal Poly Pomona was one of 12 groups awarded a $100,000 All Conditions Fields grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation, which is the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Cal Poly Pomona and the soccer community in the area,” says Cal Poly Pomona Director of Athletics Brian Swanson. “We are very appreciative of the U.S. Soccer Foundation for its support. The ability to enhance academic and athletic facilities while also providing additional community access allows us to better serve our past, present and future students, and supporters of Bronco Athletics.”
Cal Poly Pomona Head Soccer Coach Paul Caligiuri says he looks forward to the added opportunities for soccer enthusiasts in the community.
“Cal Poly Pomona has always been an excellent hub for soccer and now we have the opportunity to have an all-conditions field that will allow for even more participation from the community,” he says. “The grant will allow us to plan better for the future and allow more people on campus and in the community to enjoy a first-class facility.”
The U.S. Soccer Foundation awarded more than $1.7 million dollars in grants this year to 31 groups nationwide, in 18 different states. Throughout its history, the foundation has awarded more than $21 million to soccer groups and facilities through its annual grants program. Since 1995, the organization has made more than $40 million available for the growth of the game of soccer through grants and other financial support.