With such a high price, Woods will in all likelihood have travel to Australia by himself. Woods said the cost is worth it because it’ll make it easier to earn a track scholarship next year.
“I would definitely play football in college,” Woods said, but he’d prefer to earn a track scholarship.
Woods added, “I’ve been playing sports since I was little.”
To help pay his way to Australia, Woods has already begun seeking sponsorship from local businesses. Anyone who donates will receive a certificate of appreciation and be entered into a drawing for either two trips to Australia or a five-day cruise.
Along with going to local businesses, Chase is also selling T-shirts for $20. Those interested in sponsoring Woods or buying a shirt can call his mother, Brandy Woods, at 918-916-3429.
Chase Woods said he plans to approach Savanna Public Schools about sponsoring him as well.
“It would give them a lot of recognition, and I think it would give people like a boost of confidence,” Woods said. “I’m just happy to represent my school, country and state.”
Each tournament package also comes with an additional three-day trip to Hawaii, though that costs approximately $700 more. Woods said if he can raise the extra $700, he’ll definitely go to Hawaii.
In the meantime, Woods spends his afternoons playing running back and defensive back for Savanna’s football teams, then spending time after each practice running uphill to build strength and explosiveness in his lower legs. Once the new track opens at Hook Eales Stadium in McAlester, Woods said he’ll spend some time there as well.
“There are not really a lot of places around McAlester to really practice,” Woods said. “It’s easier to try to run uphill to try to gain more push power. That’s what I did last year for track, and I felt like I was getting faster, and I’ve been (improving) my times.”