Thursday, July 26, 2007

It's a Field of Dreams in Barrow, Alaska

The remarkable story of the Barrow High Whalers continues, with Wayne Drehs, who chronicled the Whalers' first game last year for ESPN, delivering another must-read that centers on Cathy Parker, the Florida woman who spearheaded the move to get a synthetic turf field for the team.

We're happy to report that the turf is on its way, but not without an incredible effort from Parker, whose website Project Alaska Turf served as the centerpiece of her fundraising. Instead of costing $500,000, the venture ended up totaling $800,000. And despite some resistance in Barrow, the field is expected to be in place for the team's Aug. 17 opener.

Parker was a guest on the radio show in May, and you can listen to the interview by clicking here. She plans to be in attendance for Barrow's opener and we hope to have reports from 340 miles north of the Arctic Circle as gameday draws near.

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