The Seattle Seahawks were hosted by Yelm Community Schools at the newly renovated high school football field Friday morning.

Representatives of the franchise were in town for a check presentation to celebrate the $250,000 grant the NFL Foundation Grassroots Foundation provided for the new turf.

An 11:30 a.m. back to school assembly was held at the stadium.

A ribbon cutting ceremony marking the opening of the new artificial turf field is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday — an hour before the Tornados’ first home game against Skyview — to recognize community and industry partners.

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Having a football player on crutches present a quarter-million dollar check to a high school for astro-turf says far more than, I'm sure, the writer intended. Broken bones, head-trauma, sexualized cheerleaders and teaching children that fun means shouting in unison in support of all of that is payed for by the football business that feeds on it. Meanwhile that quarter million didn't go for scholarships to college. Public schools shouldn't waste money on sports or even physical education. Teach kids how to think. They will find ways to play on their own.

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