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Laveen Dedicates David Glasser Athletic Compex

The Laveen Elementary School District celebrated the grand opening of their new David Glasser Athletic Complex with a dedication ceremony on April 12, 2018.

The complex features a new football/ soccer field, two renovated baseball fields, a practice area, and snack shack. It is named in honor of fallen Phoenix Police Officer David Glasser who was killed in the line of duty in 2016 while responding to a burglary call within the Laveen community.

District Superintendent Dr. Bill Johnson led the ceremony which included remarks by Glasser’s wife, Kristen, and the Maryvale/Estrella Mountain Police Precinct’s commander, Edward DeCastro. Trailside Point’s advanced band performed the National Anthem under the direction of Michelle Phillips.

The complex honors Officer Glasser’s love for sports and desire to support the youth and community he served. “His life and his legacy have been and will continue to be an inspiration and a blessing to us,” noted Dr. Johnson.

DeCastro spoke of Officer Glasser’s kindness and presence. “His open heart was noticed by everyone he met. This complex is the perfect representation to who he was: big, welcoming to everyone in the community, it will create lasting memories and will keep families safe and having fun.”

Glasser’s immediate family joined members of his squad, along with Laveen students, to participate in the ribbon cutting officially opening the complex. The district’s intramural flag football teams then kicked off their championship game following a coin toss by Glasser’s young son, Micah.

“I am excited for the future of these fields – for kids to play on them, lessons to be learned on them, dreams to be made, and fun to be had,” Kristen Glasser remarked.

The complex is built upon the site of the old Laveen School near 51st Avenue and Dobbins and will serve the various youth ball leagues of Laveen.

The project was funded primarily through the district’s capital budget and was developed by Jokake Construction. A $185,000 grant by the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority offset additional costs. The Fiesta Bowl donated the sod used in the 2017 Cactus Bowl game and an electronic scoreboard for the football / soccer field. The David Glasser Foundation provided $9,500 funding for other improvements including bleachers and signage.

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Fiesta Bowl Charities Donate Sod, Scoreboard to Laveen Elementary School District

The Laveen Elementary School District’s David Glasser Athletic Complex is the new home of the sod used in the 2017 Cactus Bowl thanks to a rather large donation by the Fiesta Bowl Charities.

Following December’s Kansas State vs. UCLA game, the sod was removed from Chase Field and transported to Laveen where it was installed at the district’s new community football/soccer field. The organization unveiled the new turf, freshly painted with the Fiesta Bowl logo, on March 8. An added gift was permanently fixed electronic scoreboard that was installed just days earlier.

The field sits on the site of the former Laveen School which was rebuilt a mile away. Once demolished, the Laveen community voiced interest in using the site for community ball fields.

The district utilized a $185,000 grant, awarded by the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, as well as almost $850,000 in capital funds to renovate the site. However, there was not enough funding available for sod, meaning the fields would not be ready for spring season sports. In came Fiesta Bowl Charities to the rescue. “Today, thanks to Fiesta Bowl Charities, we have an absolutely beautiful lush green lawn on the new football field,” remarked district superintendent Dr. Bill Johnson at the official unveiling.

The site now includes the new football/soccer field, two baseball fields, a practice area, snack shack and expanded parking.  The athletic complex was named in honor of fallen Phoenix Police officer David Glasser who was killed in the line of duty while serving the Laveen community in 2016.

“This new quality athletic field provides a much needed amenity for the Laveen community. It has already created a tremendous amount of interest and excitement in youth sports. We are extremely grateful to Fiesta Bowl Charities for helping a dream become a reality,” Johnson added.

The district will dedicate the completed complex on April 12 just before the intramural football championship game that will be played on the new field. It will be primarily used by local youth ball leagues.

 

 

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David Glasser Athletic Complex Grand Opening is April 12

The Laveen Elementary School District is celebrating the grand opening of the David Glasser Athletic Complex at 4:00 p.m. on April 12.

The event will celebrate the addition of the three ball fields and other recreational areas to the Laveen community while honoring fallen Phoenix Police officer David Glasser who served this community. It will also recognize the partners who made this complex possible.

Following the ceremony, the football field will host the championship intramural football game beginning at 4:35 p.m.

The new complex features a football/soccer field, two baseball fields, a practice area, and snack shack.  The complex is owned and operated by the district and will serve the various youth ball leagues of Laveen. It was developed on the site of the old Laveen School near 51st Avenue & Dobbins.

The project was funded primarily through the district’s capital budget and was developed by Jokake Construction. A $185,000 grant by the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority offset additional costs. The Fiesta Bowl donated the sod used in the 2017 Cactus Bowl game and an electronic scoreboard for the football / soccer field. The David Glasser Foundation provided funding for other improvements.

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