Ohio community raises over $400,000 in less than five months for field turf

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Philo head coach Dirk Lincicome called it “pretty powerful stuff.” You’ll agree. Muskingum County’s unemployment rate isn’t tops in Ohio, but it’s up
there, ranking 11th out of 88. That’s one reason it’s so impressive that
the Franklin Local community has raised $400,000 in donations
for new field turf. Also impressive? Not a
single district dollar will be spent on the project.
The campaign began Jan. 10.


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Philo head coach Dirk Lincicome called it “pretty powerful stuff.” You’ll agree.

Muskingum County’s unemployment rate isn’t tops in Ohio, but it’s up there, ranking 11th out of 88. That’s one reason it’s so impressive that the Franklin Local community has rallied to raise $400,000 in donations for new field turf for Sam Hatfield Stadium. Also impressive? Not a
single district dollar will be spent on the project.

The campaign began Jan. 10. Five months later it’s just $15-$25K short of the goal.

“Not sure of the exact day it became a ‘need’ but over the three years I have been here, it has become apparent to me and my coaching staff and players that our practice field would not sustain and our game field was getting worse as well,” Lincicome said. “We also knew the school district could not pay for it while people are getting laid off.”

The school district won’t have to. Not a penny.

Curt Luburgh, who owns Luburgh Inc. and has two boys in the program (freshman and sixth), stepped up to donate 100-percent of the excavation and drainage work.

One donor pledged $50,000. A couple gave $25,000. Others provided what they could.

As a program, Philo ran one fundraiser promoted as “A scoop of grass and a scoop of ice cream.” The event included a bonfire at midfield and root beer floats sold out of the concession stand. According to Lincicome, attendees were invited to “come in to take a piece of the field.” Shirts that said “This is our turf” were also sold.

“Mostly this thing was done $500 or $1,000 at a time,” Lincicome said. “(It’s been) very exciting to watch it all unfold over the last few months.

Philo will debut its new turf at its home opener on Sept. 6 against new non-league opponent Licking Valley.

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