Project Alaska Turf

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.


God bless,
Cathy Parker
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.

Larry Csonka
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Running Back

Recent News and Events

Football's Newest Northern Fans: ABC News

Mission accomplished for Barrow football: Anchorage Daily News

First Coast Makes Frozen Football Dream Come True: First Coast News (article and video)

Making a Difference by Taking the Field: MSNBC (Video)

Jacksonville woman helps Alaskans score pretty touchdown : BRENDAN HALL, The Times-Union

The Wizards of Odds - A Dream Realized in Barrow

Miracle in Barrow: St Augustine Record