Why High-Poverty Schools Lose More Football Games

Story by Julie Chang
Published on October 4, 2019

If Joe Frank Martinez, head football coach at South Austin’s Travis High School, could knock off a few items from his wishlist, he would have new helmets for his players, replace the decades-old equipment in the weight room, and feed his freshmen more than turkey and cheese sandwiches the coaches assemble before games.

Equipment and catered meals don’t necessarily win games, Martinez says, but he knows if he had a few more dollars to better train and feed his boys, he’d have a better shot at winning games. Last year, the varsity team didn’t win any games. The team won one game the year before. Full Story

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