BEREA - Through a partnership between the Browns, Berea City School District and the Lou Groza Football League, a new football field/stadium was constructed at Roehm Middle School as a way to pay tribute to the late Lou Groza. The field will be used by the school district, Lou Groza Youth Football and select Browns Youth Football events. The synthetic turf field features a logo of Groza's helmet in the middle of the field, along with his signature stitched in to the turf. During the dedication, dignitaries from the groups involved will gather to "unveil" the field. Browns alum Doug Dieken will be on hand to say a few words about the importance of Lou Groza and what he has meant to this franchise and the local community. Following the dedication, members of the Lou Groza Youth Football League will participate in a Gatorade Junior Training Camp on the field. Current Browns players will be on hand to work with the kids as they go through various football-related stations.
The Lou Groza Field project was made possible in part through a $250,000 grant contributed by the Cleveland Browns, as part of the NFL Youth Football Fund, which was created in 1998 by the NFL and NFL Players Association. The Youth Football Fund supports the game at the youth level, promotes positive youth development and ensures the health of football in future generations.