(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Holy Cross High School has entered into an agreement with Thomas More College to use BB&T Field on the Thomas More College campus in Crestview Hills, Kentucky as the home venue for Holy Cross football beginning in the 2018, provided grant support for the partnership is secured. The collaboration between the College and the high school would provide Holy Cross with a much-needed home field for its 20-year old football program. As part of this agreement, Holy Cross High School will apply for multiple grants from the National Football League (NFL) that would help provide financial support for enhancements to the 10 -year old BB&T Field. The matching grants, administered through the NFL Foundation, would specifically support the installation of lights and a new artificial turf surface. The grants, which would provide approximately 40 percent of the funding to complete the $1 million project, must be matched dollar-for-dollar. Earlier this month, Holy Cross and Thomas More jointly launched a fundraising campaign to raise the requisite matching funds. The two schools must raise $200,000 of the matching funds by October 31 to remain competitive in the grant process.
"Thomas More is excited to partner with Holy Cross High School to apply for the NFL grants, which would enhance BB&T Field and give our student-athletes more opportunities to compete with the addition of lights and a new playing surface," stated Thomas More Athletic Director Terry Connor. "The College is also happy that the partnership with Holy Cross would provide the Indians' football program a much needed home field."
This year marks the 20th season of football at Holy Cross. Head Coach Bruce Kozerski was a 12-year member of the Cincinnati Bengals and is currently part of their 50th anniversary team. He will be inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame later this year. Kozerski has been the head coach for 14 years and led Holy Cross to a state title in 2011 and to the semi-finals in 2016. The Cincinnati Bengals have formally endorsed the partnership between Holy Cross and Thomas More, and the Bengals will act as the project sponsor for the NFL grants. Like the Bengals, Thomas More College will mark its 50th anniversary in 2018, so the three entities view this project as significant way to commemorate the shared milestone of both the college and the professional team.
"The addition of lights at BB&T Field offers us the opportunity to play Friday nights, explained Korzerski. "This is when high school football is supposed to be played! The community of Thomas More and Holy Cross are proud and very excited to undertake this challenge and look forward to many years of shared excitement as both athletic programs continue their quest for excellence."
Thomas More College's football, men's and women's soccer, women's lacrosse, men's and women's rugby, and men's and women's track teams call BB&T Field their home venue. Given the existing heavy usage of the field and the additional scheduling demands that will be added once Holy Cross begins play, the addition of lighting will add increased opportunities for games and practices in the evening hours.
Currently, more than one thousand area youth use BB&T field in the summer alone for youth camps and club sport practices. Regional high school football programs also use BB&T Field for their summer pre-season camps, and the Special Olympics program hosts events at the site as well. Along with Holy Cross, other Diocese of Covington schools would have the opportunity to use BB&T Field on an "as available" basis for potential playoff games and special occasions if the grant and matching funds are secured.