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Compton : NFL Begins Renovating Site for Youth Athletic Center

April 08, 1993

Making good on a promise to take a more active role in addressing social issues in urban areas, the National Football League has started extensive renovations of a commercial site for the NFL/Youth Education Town scheduled to open in June.

The NFL facility, in the Gateway Plaza at Rosecrans and Central avenues in Compton, will include game rooms, a weight room and showers. A 10,000-square-foot Astroturf playing field will be installed next door. The center will be managed by the Watts/Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club.

"This is going where no other sports league has gone before," said Reggie Williams, director of community affairs for the NFL. "This is a commitment to provide a positive location for kids to go after school and on the weekend."

Roy W. Roberts, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club, said the NFL facility will also develop health education, mentor and after-school tutoring programs for about 700 youngsters from South Los Angeles, Watts, Willowbrook, Compton and Lynwood.

The center will include a retail outlet selling NFL products, a computer center and a library sponsored by Sports Illustrated. Part of the center will be used for a job-training program, Williams said.

The renovation and operation of the facility are being funded by a $1-million donation from singer Garth Brooks, $1 million from the NFL and a $500,000 grant from United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

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