Welcome to Project Alaska Turf
"Project Alaska Turf was inspired by an Emmy Award winning ESPN documentary by Wayne Drehs on a community in Barrow, Alaska. The program focused on a football program that was implemented in order to reverse high teen suicide rates, accelerated dropout rates and increased teen drug use. Project Alaska Turf, a 501c3 entity, began in February 2007 raising the money needed to provide this start up team with an artificial turf field to replace their gravel-covered field. With the help from many individuals and companies across the US, a beautiful blue and gold field was installed just in time for the Whalers opening game on August 17, 2007. In front of national media, the Whalers won their opening game and the hearts of people across the US.
Funds are still needed in order to finish the project. Please consider partnering with us to help make a difference in the lives of the young people of Barrow, Alaska through the sport of football.
Bartram Trail High School - Parent
For more information call 904-347-1474
Pro Football Hall of Famer Larry Csonka
On Project Alaska
During my junior high school years I was given the chance of
participating in the football program or leaving school for
disciplinary reasons. Not only did the football program keep me in
school but it taught me valuable lessons in teamwork, pride,
self-discipline and accomplishment that played key roles in my college
and pro careers.
The young men of Barrow have a very rich and unique heritage of teamwork and are appropriately named the Whalers. The addition of a much needed football program in Barrow will positively impact many young men's lives...just as it did mine.
Pro Football Hall of Fame