Central Catholic High School recently received a challenge gift of $250,000 from Joey Harrington (1997 grad) and the Harrington Family Foundation. Directed toward completion of the athletic fields at the school and nearby Fernhill Park in Portland, the contribution is structured as a challenge to leverage $800,00 in additional funds needed to complete the projects.

Central Catholic’s 800 students keep the fields in use with PE classes and sports practices and camps. School teams using the fields include football, men’s and women’s soccer, track and field, and cross country. Central Catholic shares it’s athletic fields at no cost with thousands of users from the community, including Portland Parks and Recreation, Portland Youth Soccer, PAL Football, and the Catholic Youth Organization to name a few.

The fields will be surfaced with synthetic FieldTurf, the same material used in the Lion’s new stadium in Detroit. FieldTurf is a safe and reliable product created to withstand the heavy use and athletic needs of the school and community. These will be the only regulation synthetic fields on Portland’s Eastside.