Akron couple Stewart Moritz and Maura O’Shea are challenging the community, alumni and others to make a donation toward a new athletic complex that would go along with the new Firestone-Litchfield Community Learning Centers.
Amy C. Wong, the President of Dot Org Solutions LLC, said Moritz and O’Shea will match all donations dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, if made before the end of 2016.
Funds raised will kick off phase I of the Firestone High School booster clubs’ fundraising effort to upgrade the new sports facility. The original plans through the city and state’s school rebuilding project include a cinder track and grass infield.
The Firestone booster club’s are hoping that private support can help upgrade the facility to include an eight-lane, all-weather track, a sodded soccer field, bleachers and a concession stand. The new facility is set to be on the grounds of the former Firestone High School, which is currently still standing on Rampart Ave.
“We are excited to offer this challenge and believe the entire community will benefit from the upgraded facilities,” Moritz and O’Shea said in a joint statement. “The track will be great for students at Firestone and Litchfield, but will also benefit other district schools, youth sports and people in the neighborhood who want to use it for fitness.”
Moritz and O'Shea live in Akron's Firestone school district.
Joe Vassalotti, the Akron Public Schools athletic director, said that a new all-weather track is a necessary addition to the district. The only other all-weather track is at Ellet High School and is in disrepair. Ellet is gearing up to raise money to upgrade its athletic complex to go along with its new high school that is scheduled to open in a few years.
“It is really incredible how the Firestone booster clubs have come together to raise private money for improvements to this facility,” Vassalotti said. “We are especially grateful to Stewart and Maura for their generosity. This is a facility that will eventually benefit all Akron schools and the community. We are very excited about it.”
For information and to make a gift online, visit http://www.firestonefieldproject.com/. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.