More than Fields.
Fields & Futures is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2012 by Oklahoma City residents Liz and Tim McLaughlin.
After seeing firsthand the poor condition of many athletic fields in the Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) school district, the McLaughlins connected the dots between the district’s below-national-average rates for graduation and sports participation.
With that revelation, Fields & Futures was created with a singular aspiration:
To help OKCPS put more students on a better path to graduation by growing sports participation at the middle school and high school levels.
The way to accomplish this was clear – rebuild and maintain athletic fields across the entire district.
Six years and 22 fields later, the results can’t be ignored.
By building better athletic fields, we are building better students, better leaders, and a better future.
Founder & Chairman
Our City. Our Kids. Our Future.
Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) represents the heart and soul of Oklahoma City.
Containing 88 schools with 46,000 students and encompassing 135.5 square miles across the Oklahoma City metro, there isn’t a more accurate representation of OKC’s character than OKCPS.
Unfortunately, in many cases, this character hasn’t been cultivated for years. Once-proud communities and schools have been neglected. Crime and hardship have taken hold.
But, like the spirit of their city, the students served by OKCPS are resilient and hopeful. They are hungry for opportunity. And, most importantly, they are ready to show what they will do with it once it is theirs.
Before our first field project in 2012, it had been decades since most OKCPS schools had well maintained athletic fields. Sports participation had dwindled. Kids didn’t want to play on patches of dirt littered with rocks and standing in water.
But the tide began to change as soon as dirt started to move at Jefferson Middle School.
Suddenly, the eyes of the city were upon us. Communities took notice. Kids got excited.
Jefferson’s multi-sport complex was proof that the district was committed to empowering its students, creating opportunities, and changing its culture.
By the time we were finished at Jefferson, OKCPS and Oklahoma City Public Schools Athletics were picking up momentum. Twenty fields later, the kinetic energy hasn’t dwindled.
Today, more students are playing more sports. More coaches are changing lives. More teams are influencing actions. More students are realizing their potential.
More fields = More futures.
Oklahoma City Public Schools Scorecard
District Superintendent: Dr. Sean McDaniel
District Athletic Director: Keith Sinor
- Oklahoma’s largest school district
- 46,000 students (and growing)
- 4,600 employees
- Approximately 16,500 students in grades 7-12
- <30% of students play sports (national average is 55%)
- 50+% Hispanic (and growing)
- 52 languages spoken
- 100% of students on free or reduced meal plans
- 5 high schools
- 5 middle schools
- 5 mid-high schools (shared campus)
- 55 elementary schools
- 15 charter schools
- 2 alternative schools