Monday, September 21, 2009

Media advisory--Morse football field and track

Media Advisory


Morse High School and San Diego Chargers Celebrate

New State-of-the-Art Football Field and Running Track


SAN DIEGO—Morse High School athletes and coaches join San Diego Unified School District representatives, the San Diego Chargers, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a San Diego-based non-profit; and City Councilman Tony Young, a Morse High School alumni, in celebrating the school’s new synthetic turf football field, an all-weather running track and a $200,000 donation by Local Initiatives Support Corporation.  


When:     Tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, 1-1:30 p.m.


Location:   Morse High School football stadium, 6905 Skyline Drive, San Diego, CA 92114

                   (corner of 69th Street) Please see attached site map for directions to stadium.


Order of Ceremony

·          Welcome:  Harry Shelton, Morse High School principal (serving as emcee)

·          Present colors:  Morse High School JROTC Color Guard

·          National anthem:  Victoria Matthew, sophomore, School of Creative and Performing Arts

·          Recognition of special guests (Shelton)

·          Remarks by speakers (Shelton will introduce each speaker)

·          Eric Shipley, Morse senior football and track athlete

·          Stuart Markey, executive director, Capital Improvement Bond Program (Prop. S)   

·       Tony Young, member, City Council District 4

·          Remarks and check presentation (pause for photos)

·       Joe Horiye, executive director, San Diego Local Initiative Support Corporation

·         Kimberley Layton, director, Corporate and Community Relations, Chargers/NFL

·         Clinton Hart, Chargers safety (#42)

·          Ribbon-cutting ceremony (pause for photos) 



The Grassroots Program, a partnership between the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the National Football League Youth Football Fund, provides non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields.  Over the last eight years, the Grassroots Program has provided $1,180,000 in grant funding for the construction and renewal of eight playfields across San Diego CountyMorse High School has received $200,000 in funding for construction of an artificial turf playing field.


That donation allowed the installation of the track and field to occur earlier than planned.  Using  Prop. S funds, San Diego Unified School District has begun refurbishing all high school athletic facilities by either installing new synthetic turf football fields and all-weather, rubberized running tracks; or by refurbishing  existing synthetic football fields that are approaching their useful service lives. 


Visuals:  Student color guard, high school cheer leaders performing, student singing national anthem, check presentation, ribbon-cutting, and Chargers cheerleaders and Clinton Hart visiting with students


Interviews:  Guest speakers will be available for interviews before and after the ceremony, as will several student athletes.

Attached is the media advisory that I’m sending out.


Cynthia Reed-Porter, Communications Supervisor

Communications Office

San Diego Unified School District

4100 Normal Street, Room 2153

San Diego, CA 92103-2682

Office: (619) 725-5579 or (858) 637-3607

Mobile: (619) 546-3378

Fax: (619) 725-7021


District website:


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