Since Super Bowl XXVII in 1993, when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills in Los Angeles 52 -17, the National Football League has donated $1 million to establish education enrichment centers called Youth Education Towns (YET) in each city where the Super Bowl is played as a lasting legacy of the game.
On May 22, 2007, the NFL announced that North Texas would host Super Bowl XLV in 2011. At the end of the 2008 season, the Dallas Cowboys moved from Texas Stadium in Irving to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, meaning the first-ever Super Bowl in North Texas would be in held in the heart of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
2011, NFL Charities, the Dallas Cowboys, and the North Texas Super Bowl
XLV Host Committee selected The Salvation Army to operate the region’s
first Youth Education Town in Arlington, Texas, awarding an initial grant of $1 million. The Jones family, long-term supporters of The Salvation Army, also pledged their commitment to the YET's lasting legacy in North Texas, and an additional $1 million was given to The Salvation Army from the Gene and Jerry Jones
Family Arlington Youth Foundation.
With the funds, the YET was designed by HKS Architects, Inc., which also designed AT&T Stadium. The state-of-the-art facility, which opened its doors in October 2013, houses the BNSF Town Square, a gymnasium, an art studio, the Mary and Carl Ice Music Room, multiple community rooms and classrooms, the Dallas Cowboys Fitness Zone, a nursery, the Albertsons Community Dining Room, a dance studio, and the Linda and Robert Cluck Administrative Suite, all because of the generosity of the Jones Family, Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, and NFL.
Super Bowl XLV ended with the Green Bay Packers defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in front of 103,219 people. While the game is long over, The Salvation Army Youth Education Town exemplifies what the Super Bowl meant to the DFW Metroplex - charity, prosperity and inspiration.
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