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Take the Field

A quarter century of budget cuts had resulted in the acute deterioration of physical education and sports facilities at New York City public high schools across the five boroughs when the foundation initiated Take the Field.

Take the Field was founded in 2000 by Bob Tisch, Richard Kahan, and Tony Kiser as a public-private partnership. Operating as a privately run design and construction company, it raised $133 million — $36 million from the private sector and $97 million from public sources. Its mission was to rebuild 43 New York City public high school athletic fields in five years. Take the Field accomplished this goal on time and on budget.

This effort to rebuild public school athletic facilities was envisioned by and launched with initial grants from the Heckscher Foundation, the Greve Foundation, Richard Kahan, and Robert Tisch.