Sanibel Captiva Community Bank donated the final $275,000 needed by Fort Myers High School to replace the natural grass on Sam Sirianni Field at Edison Stadium with synthetic turf and a new, rubberized track.
The $1 million project can now proceed following matching donations of $250,000 pledged by the Miami Dolphins and Dr. and Mrs. John Kagan of Fort Myers. Additional funds were donated by the community.
Fort Myers High will award the bank with exclusive corporate sponsorship of the stadium, which was named for the late inventor Thomas Edison and the field, which was named for the late Sam Sirianni Sr., who coached football at Fort Myers for 33 seasons.
Installation will begin in March and will take about three months to complete. The project had been scheduled to begin in December, but Hurricane Ian and inflation drove up the price of the project, prompting the school to search for a new donor.
“Almost 25% of our employees have a connection to Fort Myers High School, whether they’re alumni or have kids or family members who are currently attending or are also alumni,” said Kyle DeCicco, president and CEO of Sanibel Captiva Community Bank and also a Fort Myers High graduate. “We’re committed to supporting the youth of Southwest Florida in academics and athletics, and we’re honored to partner with such a well-respected, high-performing school like Fort Myers High School that’s rooted in Lee County history and traditions.”
Fort Myers High opened in 1911. Over the past eight years, the field has been replaced five times, prompting the school to look at synthetic turf as an option.
The bank just celebrated its 20th birthday and has six branches open in Lee County. It has grown to have assets of just under $1 billion.