Yonkers high school restores football program

July 28, 2011 3:03:39 PM PDT
There is some encouraging news for students who go to one Yonkers High School. Under mounting pressure, school officials announce that they will restore the school's varsity football team.

At most schools, pre-season football drills are part of the summer routine. But in Yonkers, nothing is routine.

At Gorton High School, players have been working hard for weeks, not knowing whether they'd even get the chance to play this season. But today they hit paydirt. There will be football in the fall.

In what seems to be a yearly occurrence, the Yonkers School District is in a financial crisis facing a $36-million deficit.

There've been cuts to Pre-K, busing and after-school programs. Though hundreds of threatened layoffs have been avoided, one of the casualties is interscholastic sports. As of now, only football has been restored.

The Board of Trustees is tapping into $500,000 from its emergency reserve.

But administrators, parents and coaches are all in agreement about the importance of high school sports. And the athletes of course are thrilled.