August 21, 2009 For soldiers, it's basic training. For accountants, it's tax season. For football players, it's summer two-a-days. Coaches, players and parents from two high school football teams — one in New Jersey and one in Philadelphia — sweat it out in the blistering heat in the hope it'll all pay off come fall.
August 20, 2009 NPR is kicking off a new project Friday. Sports correspondents Tom Goldman and Mike are going to take the field with high school football teams across the country this season. They will go to practices and games, hit the weight room and sit in the stands with the boosters.
August 20, 2009 In big cities and small towns, high school football is the ritual that defines the fall. And for many young men, it defines who they are. All season long, NPR brings you the stories, struggles and victories of the sport, while exploring the costs and issues it raises.