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Cleveland Browns grant buys new turf for Start High School football stadium

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TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) -

The Start High School football and soccer teams are playing on a new turf this year.

It's all courtesy of a $250,000 grant from the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns have shelled out $3 million in synthetic field awards so far this year as part of an effort to enhance opportunities for youth football participation and education.

A Toledo non-profit, Local Initiatives Support Coalition, worked with the Browns to land the grant.

'"The NFL Foundation and each football team has a particular geography and we are lucky to have the Cleveland Browns support Toledo and Northern Ohio," said Kim Cutcher of LISC.

Several years ago, the Browns bought new turf for Waite High School's stadium.

The Start surface is being described as the crowned jewel of West Toledo.

"Much more of a durable surface. Football players enjoy it. It's actually safer than a natural surface," said Start Athletic Director Mike Johnson.

The turf should last twelve years and is easy to maintain.

Soccer players like Lucas Briggs loves it too.

"Not bad, bounces with the ball. Way easier to score goals, way easier to do everything."

It's also hoped the new turf will make it easier to do something else here: win games.

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