Hematites raise complete funds for NY trip


The “Big Apple” is about to get a whole lot bigger.

As part of winning Sports Illustrated’s “Underdogs” contest, the entire Ishpeming Hematites football team will head to New York City, thanks to generous financial contributions by several community members.

Originally, Eric Dompierre and 10 of his teammates were scheduled to head to NYC as part of winning the “Underdogs” contest, which was decided on by an online vote, in which Dompierre’s story won.

Instead of just 10 players going, $3,200 was raised to pay for a bus that will take the entire team from Ishpeming to New York City and back.

On Monday night, Dompierre and 10 teammates will attend a Sports Illustrated party, while the rest of the team tours downtown New York City.

The Hematites football team will be headed to New York early Monday, December 3  and will return back to Ishpeming on Friday, December 7.