Boron, among two other schools, has become finalists in a contest created by the NFL to win a trip for the entire team to go to this coming Super Bowl! Now is our chance to help out a community that faces the same struggles that we have faced over the years, and give these students the opportunity of a lifetime.
“Boron is a very small town located in the middle of the Mojave Desert in California. In Boron, kids don't just love football, it's a way of life. The high school has roughly 150 students; 75 boys and close to 50 of them play football or are involved with the team. The reason why they play football is because they love it. In the town of Boron, there is no theatre to go to on the weekend. There is no cable internet to use all day after school. There is no super mall to go to with friends. There's no Walmart. No gas station in town. There's no Gold’s Gym or 24 hour Fitness. There's not even a McDonalds.
So what do these boron football players do for fun? The only thing there is to do, play football. The smallest 11 man football team in the entire state of California has become a football powerhouse in its division, winning league titles on a regular basis. With a varsity squad with around 20-22 players, each player is asked to be an ironman year in and year out, playing both ways. After high school most players follow their older siblings and parents footsteps, working in the Borax mine. Most of these players never have left Boron or ever will leave Boron. The community is so poverty stricken that most players cannot afford college or much less go on vacation. Going to a professional NFL game would be a dream come true, especially the Super Bowl.
The usual fun activity for these players are going to the only grass in town (the football field) and flip old tries that came off the old tractors used to haul borax. When I took over as head football coach and PE teacher I immediately contacted every major clothing apparel company in hopes of getting sponsored or some sort of donation to help out the town. There were serious improvements needed such as the weight room was in shambles, the equipment was older than I was, the place was a dump.
This year’s football team is the hardest working group of kids I have ever been around. They always have a positive attitude and absolutely love football. With 22 kids on varsity and 20 on JV and 4 coaches we are doing everything we can to become a family. There is no money to travel anywhere fun. So we watch movies, in my back yard. From Remember the Titans to Rudy, the kids love it. It's the closest thing they have to getting away and being part of something bigger. I can't describe how much it would mean to these kids to go to the Super Bowl!
Please don't overlook the tiny town of Boron like everyone else. Please help these boys out and give them the adventure of a lifetime! Thank you so much for considering these kids!”
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