Euless Trinity is opening the 2012 season in style by traveling to Seattle to take on powerhouse Bellevue in the Nike CBA Gridiron Classic.
The game, which will take place in the shadow of the Space Needle at Seattle Memorial Stadium, is set for 8 p.m. Thursday.
Transporting, feeding, lodging and entertaining a football team can get expensive, so the Trinity Trojan Football Booster Club set up the Traveling Trojans Sponsorship Program last spring.
"As you can imagine the costs are very high to make a trip like this, so the Bellevue football booster club offered us some funds to pay for the air travel," booster Julia Cole said. "But we are having to feed the entire team and coaches during the trip as well as pay for accommodations, sightseeing and all of those costs. So, even though the generous donation by the Bellevue booster club covered the air travel, we are still trying to make up the difference through our fundraising efforts."
Cole said that they are trying to raise $12,000 through the sponsorship program and have collected $8,000 to date. She added they will make up the difference with money through the regular fundraising effort but will continue accepting donations for the trip after the team returns from Seattle.
"We have never played outside the state and haven't gotten too far out of Tarrant County," coach Steve Lineweaver said. "It just seemed right; it was all the two booster clubs that put the finances together, it wasn't our school district and that was the big concern."
Lineweaver said the trip will help the team bond and show the players a different culture.
"We're going to talk to them about what Memorial Stadium is about; the stadium we're playing in is a memorial to the Seattle public school students who lost their lives in World War II," Lineweaver said.
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