11 August 2011

All-Nighters for a Football Team During Ramadan

All-Nighters for a Football Team During Ramadan, by Jeré Longman (New York Times, 10 August 2011)

Excerpts:
The clock reached midnight as Sunday ticked into Monday, and someone yelled, “It’s go time!” Football season could officially begin. New balls appeared, and players at Fordson High School prepared to do what had long been done in this hometown of Henry Ford: build something with assembly-line precision and reliability.

They were boys like other boys in countless towns, taught that football was important, but not as important as family and faith. Fordson High School’s enrollment is more than 90 percent Muslim, and this week of two-a-day practices coincides with Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, when adherents refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours.
Link: All-Nighters for a Football Team During Ramadan


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