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Governor Gavin Newsom earmarks funds for new football field at California School for the Deaf in Riverside as part of revised budget

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) – Riverside’s deaf football team that captured national attention and won the hearts of many is receiving a big present.

As part of the governor’s revised budget, Newsom offered to fund a new sports complex at the California School for the Deaf, which includes an all-new soccer field.

The team became an inspirational story last fall when it went undefeated in its regular season and reached the school’s first state championship game.

The Cubs went 12-1, with the lone loss coming to Canoga Park’s Faith Baptist in the 2-8 South Division Finals.

In February, four players attended Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium and served as honorary captains for the game’s draw.

A spokesperson for the governor’s office said the $43 million project involves expanding and replacing the school’s existing turf athletic fields, particularly its football, track, softball, baseball and football fields, as well as lighting, bleachers and other facilities.

Construction is expected to begin in January 2025 and is expected to be completed in May 2026.

City News Service, Inc. contributed to this report.

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