CSDR to renovate the facilities, including the uneven football pitch

Coach Keith Adams said guests are being driven away from California School to the Deaf-Riverside football field on tours.

The Puppies made history of the program last season on a bumpy tangle of grass and dirt. Illuminated by dim LED machines. In front of a series of concrete bleachers with a capacity of about 150 people. The soccer team was CSDR’s pride, becoming a nationwide sensation – and they were embarrassed by their home ground.

“I grew up playing with many great schools, on their fields, and [at] our school was real grass, potholes and clay, “junior quarterback Trevin Adams said through a video interpreter.” It almost seemed disrespectful, almost. “

Finally, the Cubs have earned their respect. One is worth millions.

On Friday, California Governor Gavin Newsom proposed funding for a complete overhaul of CSDR’s athletic facilities in a revised budget, a request through the Department of Education with a total project cost of $ 43.1 million.

After the Cubs 12-1 season, during which the players took it on themselves to defend the deaf community – the state took notice.

“The Cubs are California legends, through and through, and we will raise them, just like they raised us with their inspiring journey,” Newsom said via a spokesperson.

That turf will be uprooted, artificial turf will be installed in its place. Permanent lighting will replace portable LED machines. The rickety bleachers will be overhauled to increase seating to around 800.

Junior Ricardo Terrazas, a linesman who will switch to wide receiver next season, said his reaction to the news was “complete shock”.

“I love the governor,” Terrazas signed through an interpreter.

Friday’s announcement did not leave the left field. According to Superintendent Nancy Hlibok Amann, working with the state for funding has been a “master plan” in place for more than 20 years.

Those years of inadequate facilities have reduced the interest of the community. Supporters coach Adams said, he said, they weren’t in the mood to come and watch the games because the pitch was so dim. The community elders couldn’t find a reason to go there, knowing they would be forced to stand on the sidelines for a good view.

“I feel ours is probably one of the worst in the state,” Adams said of the camp, via interpreter.

A new turf was overdue, the manager believed.

“The state definitely didn’t prioritize us, again and again,” he said. “We were dragged to the bottom of the list.”

Newsom’s spokesperson did not mention the timing of the school’s funding requests, but said the Department of Education has been working with the Department of Finance for a couple of years on the proposed improvements.

“We thought it was a great thing to highlight and the state is really investing dollars in projects that are really in line with our values,” the spokesperson said. “This is one of those projects that really shows it, thanks to what this team was able to do in the fall.”

The improvements bring a bittersweet feeling to quarterback Adams and Terrazas, excited as they are. The two will graduate next season, well before the project’s estimated completion in 2026.

But they are proud of the students who will come after them.

“Wow, I wish I could play,” Terrazas said. “However, in the future, I intend to participate in these games as a fan, because my heart is in this school. I was born and raised there – I bleed the school colors. “

The school spirit is transferred to a wall in his house, which shows two of his Cubs jerseys from previous teams.

“Our team has a work pending,” he said. “We’re not done yet… I want a ring. So I think about it when I look [the jerseys]. “

It was an honor, Keith Adams said, that the government recognized his program. He is looking forward to having even more fans once the project is complete, unhindered by the lack of seating and difficult lighting.

“What is that movie?” Adams asked. “’Field of Dreams’ – with Kevin Costner. If you build it, they will come ”.