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In Alaska, Jack Renn (1939 – 2019) served as an on-field football official from 1981-2015 in local and state games and tournaments and then kept the clock from 2015-2017. Jack recruited his wife, Nona, as the first female chain gang official for Alaska high school football. He was instrumental in initiating girls’ flag football in the Anchorage School District, including training coaches. For more than 25 years, Jack kept score/clock at high school basketball games and also Alaska Special Olympics State Basketball Tournaments over the years – all with Nona by his side. He was also an umpire for softball. Jack’s impact was felt off the field and courts as well. He was the longest-serving president of the Anchorage Football Officials Association, which he was involved in for more than 30 years. When he stepped down as President of the AFOA, his fellow officials noted that “through steadfast leadership and countless mentorships, you have raised the standard for us all by personal model.”
To this group, Jack was fittingly known as “The Rock.” In memory of Jack and in honor of the decades of service he and Nona gave to high school sports, Nona is creating this fund to help Anchorage school football teams succeed now and in the future.
- Anchorage School District High School football and flag football teams are eligible for this grant. If the football or flag football team has a booster club with 501(c)3 status with the IRS or PTA, they may apply on behalf of the team.
- Funds are to be used for the purchase of team equipment including gear, pads, shoes, helmets, jerseys, etc. to benefit the entire team.
- Prior to receiving grant funds, each team must perform a community service project like picking up trash along the highway, serving lunch at Bean’s Café, or volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, etc. A volunteer project that benefits the school does will qualify in 2020 only.
Anchorage public high school flag football teams may apply for grants of up to $1,000.
Anchorage public high school football teams may apply for grants of up to $4,975.
Grant applications must be submitted online by 5:00pm AKST on Wednesday, March 17th, 2021.
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