More than 140 Altoona Area School District students will don flag football attire and take to the intramural field today to raise money for their junior/senior prom.
The student Turkey Bowl tournament kicks off at 9 a.m. and includes 12 teams — the Glitzy Gobblers, the Terrifying Turkeys, Team Broken Ankles, the Grizzlies, Boogie’s Big Steppas, Feast Mode, the Blue Birds, Low Expectations, Rush Hour, the Rockets, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turkeys and the Cranberries.
The traditional Turkey Bowl, featuring the Bucks vs. the Ducks, will be held at 7 p.m. at Mansion Park benefitting the We Care Foundation.
In the high school event, each team consists of seven girls and three boys, as well as two student coaches.
While not permitted to play, AAHS football players can serve as coaches. The event is being run and coordinated by students.
Matthew Dumm, class adviser and work experience coordinator at the district, said that teachers with “extensive sports backgrounds” will serve as referees.
Dumm said the district community is looking forward to the event.
“Student interest and excitement have been high since so many events have been canceled over the past year as a result of COVID-19,” Dumm said. “Students and staff are looking forward to an entertaining and fun-filled day.”
Each team donated $100 toward the 2022 junior and senior prom in order to participate.
The format is a 12-team round-robin tournament, with the top four teams making it to the semifinals. The winners of the semifinals play in the championship game to be held during the students’ eighth period, which begins at 1:57 p.m.
Each game is 12 minutes long, with the winner being the highest-scoring team.
Participants are excited for today’s festivities.
“I’m really excited, and it’s a great opportunity for us to raise money and have fun with each other before Thanksgiving break,” said Brooke Harrington, a senior.
Brooke Long, also a senior, said, “I’m excited and I think it’s fun to go against your friends and be competitive.”
“I think it’s a really good opportunity to have fun on the last day before break,” said senior Will Young. “I’m excited for the competitive factor and smack talk with my buddies and to see who has the best team.”
District Community Relations Director Paula Foreman said the event promotes team spirit and sportsmanship.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun and a nice event for the kids prior to break,” Foreman said, adding that she encourages members of the community to “stop by and watch.”
The Altoona Area High School Coffee Cart will be in operation for spectators to purchase beverages.