St. Louis Rams help Ferguson-Florissant School District football teams

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- A problem solved and a dream come true for some student athletes in the Ferguson-Florissant School District.

This weekend is when football teams at the high schools in the Ferguson-Florissant District play their first games.

But with schools closed, finding other places to practice has been challenging. And when the weather got dangerously hot, finding someplace to practice indoors was almost impossible until the St. Louis Rams threw open their doors and offered those kids the chance to play someplace truly cool.

At a time like this, it may seem trivial to be worried about high school football, but at a time like this football might just be the escape these young men need.

Not all the kids live in Ferguson, but they all live close enough to see the strife and feel the pain of a community in crisis.

Football isn’t the answer, but it`s a place for them to start.

The coaches see not just teachable moments here, but the chance to be more and mean more to their students.

If anyone is worried what`s happening in Ferguson will be a distraction to these kids, it`s not the kids.

Football it turns out is the distraction and they are glad to have it.

One of the coaches says he showed his team members the civil rights documentary called 'Eyes on the Prize' trying to put the protests here in context with those of the 60s and 70s.