Temporary athletic fields are being constructed as part of a federally funded mission assignment to help the Joplin Schools recover after an EF5 tornado.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Joplin Schools joined in a partnership to provide students and fans with a place to cheer on the Joplin Eagles as they celebrate victories both on the field and in the reconstruction of their city.
The project includes a high school regulation size softball, baseball, soccer field and practice football field for use by the Joplin school system.
"Coaches were extremely relieved we were taking care of their needs," said Joplin School Assistant Superintendent Dr Angie Besendorfer. "They understand that extra-curricular activities link kids to the school and that some kids depend on their athletic ability to pay for college. To us, having the fields is extremely crucial."
"Having these fields made everyone feel that we really are taking care of everything," said Dr Besendorfer.
Construction at the site began on July 31, 2011. The temporary field will be located adjacent to South Joplin Middle School, which was not damaged.
School repairs are part of a $27 million mission assignment funded by FEMA and managed by the USACE to rebuild critical facilities.
The Joplin soccer, softball and baseball programs are expected to use the fields for a few years, until permanent facilities can be established. The Joplin football stadium, Junge Field, was not damaged in the storm and football games will continue as usual
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