Edison football Coach Jeff Grady goes where few have gone before, taking his team on a nine-day trip to Maui to open the 2023 season with two games against opponents in Hawaii.
“We assume that we will spend a week there. Let’s see if we can do something else,” he said.
Edison, who starts official training with helmets on Monday, will fly on August 10 and then play Baldwin of Wailuku on August 12th. The team will play another game against on August 18th Lahainaluna, then fly back home the next morning. 80 players travel together with coaches and many parents.
Is it a holiday or business trip? That will be Grady’s challenge. He wants his players to enjoy the experience and unite, but winning two games would certainly be a great way to start the season.
“These trips are always fun and promote team chemistry,” he said.
Edison has been raising funds to pay for transportation and housing since January. “Some people have asked me, ‘How are you?'” Grady said.
Players have been warned to abide by team rules or they could end up on a plane home and pay for the flight themselves.
The big question to learn on this journey is, of course, who is the best surfer on the football team and who is the best golfer? The team hotel has a golf course and the sea offers numerous opportunities for surfing.