Vandals Wreck St. John’s One Good Sports Field

Social media was abuzz on Sunday with reports of vandalism at the Gifft Hill School. A school staff member reported that during the previous night, someone had smashed through the gates to the soccer field, knocked down the soccer nets, and destroyed the field’s surface by driving around in circles.

Vandalaism at the athletic field at Gifft Hill School included destruction of soccer goals and tire marks tearing up the grass. (Photo from

The field is used after school hours by community members playing soccer, ultimate Frisbee, and baseball. The vandalism seemed particularly painful because only hours earlier, the school had celebrated 40 years of success at its annual gala fundraising auction.

A Go Fund Me account was established by Sunday evening to raise $10,000 to repair the field. More than $1,000 had been pledged by midnight.