Holy Month, Hot Days Mean Football Nights In Mich.

August 16, 2010

Author: Jeff Karoub

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP


Illuminated by the night lights on the football field, Adnan Restum joined a scrum of teammates at the end-zone water fountain, taking a break from a grueling preseason football workout to guzzle a drink.

In just a few hours, he wouldn't be able to take a sip. But the 17-year-old defensive tackle could rehydrate guilt-free during the 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. practice, and succumb to tempting boxes full of granola bars and chocolate milk, too.

The moonlight practice is tailored for Restum and fellow Muslim teammates who make up a majority of the Fordson High School squad in the large Arab community of Dearborn. It's a way for the players to practice football and their faith, and balance the fasting common during the 30-day holy month of Ramadan that started last week.