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The goal of PHL, Inc. simple: repair, replace, purchase, improve and build athletic facilities and equipment for public school districts in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
PHL, Inc. is a not-for-profit Missouri corporation with Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) status as a public charity. Formed in February 2005 by four businessmen from St. Louis and St. Charles counties, its creation was a direct response to a series of articles ( October 20, 2004 and October 21, 2004 ) in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in which reporter Tom Wheatley chronicled the deplorable conditions of the football fields in the St. Louis Public Schools. PHL is an acronym for Public High League, the group of St. Louis public schools that make up a conference. The grassless football fields were covered with rocks and exposed sprinkler heads that were part of an irrigation system that had ceased to function long ago. The underfunded football teams also lacked enough helmets and equipment for all players and much of the equipment they do have is ancient and deteriorating. We felt someone had to do something. PHL, Inc.'s goal is simple -- repair, replace, purchase, improve and build athletic facilities and equipment for public school districts in the St. Louis metropolitan area. We have done some great work so far, but we have a long ways to go. Projects will be undertaken based on the need of the community and school district. Each project will include an on-going maintenance program -- initially managed and operated by PHL, Inc for as long as five years, but eventually turned over to the controlling school district when the district is able to undertake the responsibility. PHL, Inc. envisions the creation of long-term endowments - managed by PHL, Inc. - to aid districts with on-going maintenance, repair and replacement needs. The programs serve the 37,000 students who attend St. Louis Public Schools. Of those students, 81% are African American, and 84% live at or below the poverty level required to qualify for reduced price lunches. There are no other organizations in the St. Louis area with the same focus.The PHL, Inc. board and officers have long-standing ties to the community. Thom Kuhn is CEO and President of heavy/ highway construction company Millstone-Bangert and donates construction work from his company. One of his co-founders at PHL, Inc., Rick Veatch, has donated a lot of his company' s time to seeding the fields. Former professional St. Louis Football Cardinals football players Dan Dierdorf, Jim Hanifanm Keith Wortman, and former Kansas City Chiefs football player Aaron Gersh all sit on the board of PHL, Inc. Dan Dierdorf has donated his time for a promotional video for PHL, Inc. and other items. Our vice president, Cozy Marks, was formerly the principal of Vashon High School prior to joining PHL and has remained in close contact with District officials. He has helped our organization in working closely with St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Creg Williams, Chief Operating Officer Gary Hughey, Athletics Coordinator Dave Cook and Planning Supervisor Martin Braeske. They evaluate and assist PHL in all projects. In summary, our community ties help us work efficiently and effectively to complete our mission of helping the kids.
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