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Friday, November 30, 2018

Why This High School Football Team Spends $20,000 for Every Game

The Whalers, a high school football team in Barrow, Alaska, won their first Division III state title last year. They hope to repeat this season.

The team plays above the Arctic Circle, in the northernmost community in the United States. Their nearest opponent is 500 miles away. It costs $20,000 to either fly the Whalers to an away game or bring a visiting team to Barrow, which is paid for with help from the state.

When the program started a dozen years ago, the boys practiced on a patch of dirt. That changed after a Florida football fan heard about the fledgling team and raised more than $500,000 to pay for new blue and yellow turf -- the Whalers’ colors. Snow is routinely cleared before games, and players and spectators alike are subjected to the wind and cold from the frigid Chukchi Sea, just 100 yards away and where actual whalers can be seen bringing in their catch.



Anonymous said...

Too much expenditure for concussions

Anonymous said...

Because football is that important.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how much they spend on their education? There is just way too much emphasis on sports and not enough on education. They make a big deal out of someone running around with a ball and nothing about someone doing really great in their education. Our children are being dumbed down.

Anonymous said...

That definitely is not a sport for Alaska. How about igloo competition. See who can build the best in their category - weather permitting. Cost almost nothing and more time to hit the books (sorry - computers).