United Arab Emirates embassy donates soccer field
The United Arab Emirates' embassy in Washington has partnered with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation to donate a soccer field to Franklin D. Roosevelt School.
The field, which will be dedicated in a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, is part of the embassy's nationwide community soccer field program, which provides quality playing fields in underserved communities around the country.
The embassy chose Cleveland to receive the 10th field because of a close connection with the Cleveland Clinic, which opened a hospital two years ago in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates' second largest city. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation partnered with the embassy to identify a site for the field and helped with the installation.
The field is officially named the Glenville Community Soccer Field and is meant to be used by the school and the surrounding Glenville neighborhood. The surface is made with an organic cork infill that offers benefits like heat reduction, UV resistance and resilience.
Al Otaiba is expected to attend the unveiling ceremony along with several local civic and business leaders including Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove.