NFHS Network Kicks Off The 2014-2015 High School Football Season With Live Coverage From Just Above The Arctic Circle
The NFHS Network will broadcast opening season games for high schools from all across the state of Alaska
ATLANTA (August 14, 2014) -- Today the NFHS Network announced the kick-off of its coverage of the 2014-2015 high school football season this weekend in Alaska. The Alaskan football season begins earlier than the rest of the country to accommodate extreme weather conditions that can begin as early as October.
Alaska’s dedication to football can be seen in its extremely large football following and NFL viewership ratings that are among the highest in the nation. For Alaskan high school players, football offers a sense of community and opportunity for growth. The Alaska School Athletic Association (ASAA) Executive Director, Billy Strickland, believes there is a true passion for the game on the Last Frontier, commenting, “Our football playing Alaskan schools have a true love of high school football. It offers so many opportunities for student involvement both on the playing field and on the sidelines.”
The commitment to high school sports is evident in the lengths that ASAA member schools go, both literally and figuratively, to play their games. More than twice the size of Texas, Alaska’s massive land area requires players to travel long journeys often by plane just to reach their opponent’s field. Barrow High School, the host of one of this weekend’s match-up, is actually the northernmost city in the United States just above the Arctic Circle. Long-time ASAA sponsor, Alaska Airlines, has been instrumental over the years in helping schools defray some of the travel costs that can build up over an eight game regular season and potential playoff matchups. Undeterred by their weary travels, these players arrive on the field energized and ready to win.
The Alaska football kickoff weekend opens with Palmer High School taking on West Anchorage High School on Friday, August 15th at 11 pm EST. On Saturday, August 16th, the Valdez/Barrow rivalry will be broadcast at 5 pm EST and Nikiski High School against Thunder Mountain High School game at 6 pm EST. Saturday’s final matchup will be Juneau-Douglas High School against Kenai High School at 8 pm EST.
Check NFHSnetwork.com for live coverage as well as for the full schedule of other ASAA sports championships throughout the school year.
“We are very excited to showcase these games as the kickoff of the NFHS Network's fall sports season. Between our School Broadcast Program games and our network productions we'll cover over 5,000 regular season and playoff football games this year from coast to coast,” said Sandy Malcolm, Chief Content Officer, NFHS Network. “The passion and commitment to their sport displayed by the teams, families and communities in Alaska represents what our network is all about.”
During the 2014-2015 school year, the NFHS Network will deliver live broadcasts of more than 40,000 high school games and other events to fans across a wide variety of platforms. The destination for these events is the redesigned NFHS Network site (www.NFHSnetwork.com), a joint venture between the NFHS, its member state associations, and PlayOn! Sports.
About the NFHS Network
The NFHS Network captures the passion, pride, and energy of the high school experience by delivering live high school sports and events to family members and fans whenever they want, wherever they are. The NFHS Network celebrates and showcases the unique accomplishments of students, whether they are a student-athlete participating in the 27 different sports covered by the Network, or one of the student broadcasters from schools around the country that produce events through the School Broadcast Program. The NFHS Network also features state playoff and championship events for the 34 state members of the NFHS Network. All NFHS Network events are available online at www.NFHSnetwork.com as well as iPhone and Android mobile apps. Follow the NFHS Network on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram at @NFHSnetwork for the latest news and event information. The NFHS Network is a joint venture among the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), its member state associations, and PlayOn! Sports. The NFHS Network is located in Indianapolis, Indiana and is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. PlayOn! Sports is based in Atlanta, Georgia and is the nation’s largest high school sports media company.
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About Alaska School Activities Association
Alaska School Activities Association is Alaska’s high school organization established to regulate sanctioned interscholastic activities, contests and programs. ASAA’s mission is to advocate participation in co-curricular activities and promote the academic and social development of students. Over 210 high schools and 35,000 high school students participate each year in interscholastic activities. The ASAA staff manages 36 state championships each year in athletics, fine arts, academics and student government. ASAA’s newest program has been the development of the Play for Keeps, Win for Life program that emphasizes healthy student citizens. ASAA also assists schools in finding the most talented coaches through the Alaska Coaches Education Program and certifies sports officials. ASAA was established in 1956 and is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of one elected member from each region and one appointed member from the Alaska Association of School Boards, Alaska Association of Student Governments, and Alaska Association of School Administrators. ASAA’s ability to conduct, promote, and support co-curricular activities is possible because of school memberships and the strong support and high level of commitment of its many gracious sponsors.
About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 16 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.6 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS Web site at www.nfhs.org.