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The game of football is largely an American sport. One would not think about playing the game in Australia. But for two Owen County High School students, that is exactly what they are going to get the chance to do.
Keith Arutoff and Tyler Williams both are going to Australia to represent Kentucky in the Down Under Bowl. The game is the largest American Football Championship Tournament held outside the United States. The games have been played since 1989.
Arutoff and Williams both played football for the Rebels for the past four seasons. They are both currently competing for the Rebels’ track team. Williams said the practice and the weight-lifting have kept both of them in shape.
The trip lasts for two weeks and includes a three-day stop in Hawaii.
Once in Australia, the young men will meet the rest of their team and have a few practices. Williams said he and Arutoff will not know the plays before they arrive. They will be teamed up with players from across Kentucky and West Virginia.
They will play two games. One game will be against a team from the United States while the other will be against an Australian team.
For Williams it will not be his first time being out of the country. He said he has been to Mexico. As for this trip, “It’s going to be real fun.”
The trip is not free. It will cost both Arutoff and Williams $5,000 each to go and participate. The money is due by May 1.
Anyone wishing to donate to the cost of the trip can do so by making out a check to International Sports Specialists, Inc. and either give it to Arutoff or Williams or drop it off at the high school.
Checks can also be mailed to:
Downunder Sports – Keith or Tyler
c/o Owen County High School/Front Office
2340 Hwy. 22 East
Owenton, KY 40359
Raffle tickets are also being sold at various locations around the community. The grand prize is an all-expense paid trip for two to join the boys in Australia.