A Michigan high school football team has made a rather unique decision to start holding practices during overnight. In what sounds like another story of coach abuse or just nutty absurdity, it turns out to be a religious decision.
Fordson High, located in Dearborn, Michigan, consists of a predominantly Muslim group of players. Due to the fasting known as Ramadan, the coaching staff chose to honor Ramadan when it came to fielding a team.
They switched the practices to the moonlit hours of 11pm to 4 am, when the players and coaches could bypass the eating and drinking fasting of Ramadan.
A Michigan high school football team is holding preseason practices in the middle of the night to help its Muslim players practice both faith and football.
The predominantly Muslim squad from Dearborn says the nocturnal regimen is a way for players to eat and drink while observing the holy month of daytime fasting known as Ramadan that started last week.
The August heat also played a factor in Fordson High coach Fouad Zaban’s proposal to reverse the clock for a week of two-a-day practices.