The City of Arlington, Dallas Cowboys, Gene and Jerry Jones Family Arlington Youth Foundation, NFL Foundation and Hellas Construction teamed up on Wednesday to ensure that the legacy of the NFL Draft in Dallas extends far beyond the week’s festivities in a groundbreaking ceremony at Workman Junior High School.
At the ceremony, the Gene and Jerry Jones Arlington Youth Foundation, NFL Foundation, and Hellas Construction donated $1.85 million to the Arlington ISD to replace the current grass on the field at Workman Junior High School with a synthetic turf surface, as well as upgrade and replace the lighting and scoreboard. The Arlington ISD will replace the track. The new field was officially unveiled as the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Field.
“The NFL Legacy Project and work at Workman Junior High to construct a competitive field for our students and community will be beneficial and provide opportunities for years to come,” Arlington ISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos said. “We believe that our success depends on an engaged community, and we appreciate the partnership and generosity of the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL and Hellas Construction.”
The upgraded field at Workman Junior High will change the face of AISD athletics, providing the junior high school football and soccer teams with a state-of-the art playing field at a facility dedicated to the level of competition. Currently, Arlington ISD junior high student-athletes play at a variety of district facilities that are at the mercy of weather, with a lack of field lighting—and are often impacted by schedules for the older athletes’ practices and games.