Alabama’s Hoover High boasts one of the nation’s most well-known high school football brands. Now we know it has the finances to match, albeit not via the most traditional sources.
The Bucs, who opened the 2016 campaign with a 23-7 victory against Central-Phenix City, will travel from Alabama to the Dallas suburbs to take on traditional Texas power Allen in 20,000-seat Eagle Stadium. The opening kickoff of the game is scheduled for 7:30, and, as reported by AL.com, the sheer number of Hoover representatives involved in the trip led school officials to charter a plane for the group to travel to the game.
As it turns out, that traveling party won’t even include the Hoover junior varsity football coaches, the school’s medical staff, the band or cheerleaders, who will all travel via RV or bus for 9-10 hours to arrive at the game. Many of those transportation methods are being subsidized by corporate partners, not to mention a substantial amount of funding passed down via Athletic Departments.
Yes $90,000+ is a whole lot of money, but when you consider the estimate to charter a large enough aircraft for such a trip would run between $52,000-$86,000, $90,000 almost seems like an absolute bargain.
“It takes a lot of money, a lot of help,” Hoover athletic director Andy Urban told AL.com. “A lot of great sponsors that have really, really stepped up for us. But also, our kids, our football kids getting out and doing fundraising.”
All of the effort will likely feel well worth it if Hoover can pull out a victory in the Lone Star State. If they can’t? Well, the trip to the Tm Landry Classic will have been a learning experience about fundraising, event planning and logistics, played out in real time. That has to be worth something.