Thunder on the Tundra: Football Above the Arctic Circle

Thunder on the Tundra: Football Above the Arctic Circle

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by Lew Freedman
     
 

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Barrow, Alaska is home to 4,800 Inupiat Eskimos and they started a high school football team and against long odds had a victorious first season.See more details below

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Barrow, Alaska is home to 4,800 Inupiat Eskimos and they started a high school football team and against long odds had a victorious first season.

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The isolated tundra town of Barrow, AK-traditional home to an Inupiat Eskimo whaling community-might not seem like the ideal place to start a football program. But, faced with escalating teen dropout rates and boredom-borne substance-abuse problems, the superintendent of North Slope Borough Schools stubbornly worked to create the Barrow High School Whalers. The team first suited up and began practicing on their barren, rock-riddled gridiron in 2006-once, that is, they had actually figured out how to put on their pads. With a team presumably more prepared to hurl harpoons than 30-yard touchdown passes, and the nearest "crosstown" rival hundreds of seemingly impassible miles away, the Whalers drew the attention of ESPN, which aired a human-interest piece on their improbable initial season. The segment drew the attention of one Floridian football mom who, convinced of the sport's redemptive powers in channeling youthful energies, raised enough money for an artificial turf field and attendance at a football camp in Florida. Her pigskin philanthropy seemed to galvanize once-wavering community support, and what follows is a game-by-game account of their emergent second season-one in which the team learns to win and to lose as a cohesive unit, and does so with nearly perfect dignity. Though the book probes a bit less into the individual teen lives potentially salvaged by adopting a completely alien Lower 48 sport than one might have hoped, it does, nevertheless, provide rare insight into adolescent, academic, and family life on America's quickly changing final frontier.-Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882408446
Publisher:
Graphic Arts Books
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

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