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3/16/2014 4:43:00 PM
Providence, Timbers to help build soccer field for kids
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Rosa Parks School, near the site of new soccer field.
Portland Public Schools
Rosa Parks School, near the site of new soccer field.

It will give hundreds of children in Oregon’s most diverse neighborhood a new place to play, and Providence’s new partnership helped make it happen. Bless Field is the first example of Providence and the Portland Timbers soccer club working together, along with other partners, to support community health.

Bless Field will be a 9,000-square-foot all-weather turf soccer field. It will be located in North Portland’s New Columbia neighborhood, next to Rosa Parks Elementary School and the local Boys and Girls Club.

New Columbia is home to nearly 1,200 kids from 22 countries speaking more than 11 different languages.

The field is named for Hartmut "Howie" Bless, pioneering Timbers Army icon, and is a project of Operation Pitch Invasion and the 107 Independent Supporters Trust. Providence Health and Services and the Portland Timbers, along with Timbers partners Adidas and Widmer Brothers, came together to help support the Bless Field construction effort.

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