People please. This is a fantastic opportunity. If this were any non sports club
we would here people saying " this is great! what an opportunity for these
guys to see another culture and experience some great sights." If my kids
had the opportunity to travel somewhere and much of the expense was paid I would
be all over it.
The Alpine School District has a policy against international travel (including
Alaska & Hawaii). Forming a private club team is the only way for Lone Peak
to take this trip. Lewis would have to secure private insurance and pay for gym
time as well if it really is a club team. It would be interesting to hear from
somebody close to the situation.
I'm absolutely thrilled that they're coming to Dubai! I live in Dubai
and they're visiting my class tomorrow! We have 5 LDS Wards in the
Dubai/Abu Dhabi area, but still, the church presence isn't well known. I,
for one, will be excited to meet these wonderful young men from home! In
addition, there is nothing as enlightening as to go out into the world and see
how other people and countries live and work. I hope they're prepared for
heat. This is a chance of a lifetime for these young men. It may be the only
time that most of them will ever come to the middle East as missionary work is
forbidden by law and it's so out of the way. Thanks for allowing them to
We can't even get a bus for summer camps in state. And anyone that thinks
that team isn't the Lone Peak team under different financial management is
silly, it's just semantics. Once again, the right amount of money and
influence lets teams bypass the rules, and get major advantages.No
problem though, even if they dominate for ten years, despite the recent football
ruling regarding win percentages to try to level out this exact type of
socio-economic dichotomy, where can the UHSAA send them? They already are on
top, so how do they inflict "parity" on that sort of situation?
They've beaten Monteverde Academy and also Simeon out of Chicago so far in
the tournament. They are showing extremely well and it will do nothing but help
basketball exposure for the state. This is a fantastic opporunity, perhaps once
in a lifetime, there is no way that you say no.
Kind of sucks for the 2102-13 team... they win the national championship but
they're not the ones being rewarded with this awesome experience? Needless
to say the team that will be going isn't as good as that year bit I wish
then the beat of luck representing their school and state.
Whoa! Wait a hold it. Didn't the article mention, "They board the plane
for an EXPENSE PAID TRIP" ? Apparently the school isn't going to be out
anything. Give the kids a chance to shine and show the world what the USA has.
Plus, many BYU players began in Lone Peak. It could be a favorable view of both
Utah High School and BYU Basketball. World wide free advertising. Can't get
better than that now days
Nice to agree with Chris B on something. This is a summer AAU team and has
nothing to do with the school district. Freedom Fighter - Why would
Coach Lewis want to deal with this? It's because of the experience for his
players and for him. Personally, having coached and traveled with with team in
baseball and football, these become some of the best memories in the lives of
kids and coaches.And, donating money to a cause might make someone
feel good for a the near-term, but actually interacting and making friends with
those of other cultures will have far longer and lasting benefits.
@Tenn12Every expense other than some spending/shopping money will be
covered by the tournament after they reach Atlanta.
First off, the headline is a disservice. It says, "Lone Peak traveling to
Dubai." No wonder some believe it's Lone Peak and not the AAU team.
Even the article eludes twice to the fact that the team is basically Lone
Peak's basketball team. Secondly, the article states it's an "all
expense paid flight." It doesn't say the whole trip is paid for. I
imagine there are many expenses not covered. However this area of Utah has more
money than most schools so I am sure they have the finances to make it work. I
personally do think it's a bit excessive but Lone Peak's basketball
program craves this kind of attention so I understand why they are doing it.
@Freedom,This isn't a high school team. These kids can do what
they want with their summers. Its up to them and their parents - you have
nothing to do with it. Are you going to provide us a list of all
your summer activities and expenses and let us critique your choices?These kids and their families and their private ball teams can do whatever
they want - they don't answer to you.
Relax. Some of you did not read the article. The Utah Reign is an AAU team and
NOT Lone Peak High School. It has nothing to do with Lone Peak nor the
district, but is its own club team.The players come from Lone Peak
HS and they have set this up as an independent club team. UHSAA, Alpine School
District, or Lone Peak HS has no say in the matter.
Technically this is not the high school team, but an AAU team made up of players
who play for Lone Peak.
Cottonwood, Timpview, and Lone Peak had coaches dismissed for financial issues.
In fact, all were burned for having contracts with Under Armor, which helped to
provide uniforms and socks. The UHSAA declared these to be a "conflict of
interest."So why is this any different?You
can't tell me that you'd support Timpview Football going to Dubai.
Stop being hypocrites.Schools need to refocus on what their
priorities should be. Let's get back to education. If Dubai wants to do
something that actually makes a difference, have them donate to a fund that
helps lower income/special needs students. This just seems way too
excessive to me.
Where are our priorities? Seriously? Are these high school kids or
pro bball players?
Utah Reign, which is essentially the summer league version of Lone Peak, will be
participating in the MPAC Elite International basketball tournament. This is the
AAU team not the high school team.
I think this is great. When you play well, good things happen. This is good for
Utah, and good for the team. Play well, guys. We are so proud of you.
It clearly says that the 'expenses' past Atlanta are paid for by the
Dubai folks.HOWEVER, it does clearly raise an issue of what are we
doing to our High School sports? Since when does a 17 hour plane trip become
okay travel to play another HS team?I get the feeling our sports
priorities are clearly "broken"
Freedom, did you not read the article? Or did you not understand the term
"all expense paid"?What this means is all their expenses are
I thought schools were going to spend less on these types of excessive athletic
events?After the recent issues with high school football and money,
lone peak basketball has the audacity to do this?Why would coach
Lewis want to deal with this headache? The passports, tickets, security, and
scrutiny? If I'm a timpview or lone peak parent I'm upset over this. I
thought schools were going to control this type of excessive spending?