This soccer field, located just above the varsity athletic field and adjacent to the baseball field, was dedicated in August 2007. Many children have played the game of soccer on Campo Grande, a multi-use field surrounded by green space. A sign at the field provides the history of its name and how it was made possible:
Campo Grande, “big field” in Italian, evokes the fruitful fields of Italy where children play soccer as soon as they can walk, where “calcio” is a way of life, and where the Catholic Church grew as a treasure in a fertile field.
May all who come here, players and spectators, find the treasure in this field: the virtue that is forged through honest competition, the camaraderie inspired by working together for a common purpose, the courage needed to defend, the perseverance needed to achieve the desired goal…
In a world in which we can perhaps see young people marked by sadness and negative experiences, you must be for them wise friends, expert guides and coaches, not only on the soccer field, but also on the paths which lead toward the true values of life...May the Lord Jesus help you score this goal, the final goal, which is the true and ultimate destiny of life. ~ Pope John Paul II to the Milan Championship Soccer Team
This field was made possible through the generosity of the donors to the 2005 Year-end Fields Major Gift Appeal and the 2007 Gala Fund the Cause. Dedicated by Mrs. Franca Oreffice, grandmother of Pinecrest Academy students Kyle and Jillian Oreffice, on August 18, 2007.