La Cañada High's weight room took the field Monday night.
It's not quite football season at LCHS, but players and fans got ready with the Spartans' second annual "Lift-a-thon." Athletes collected flat or per-pound pledges to raise funds for their football program.
"It's a very expensive program," Coach Dan Yoder said. "It is very equipment intensive, and none of it is cheap."
The upperclassmen performed bench press, squats and cleans. The underclassmen showcased their power at punting and passing. The farther they could kick and throw a football, the more dollar signs they added up.
"An event like this improves our confidence, teamwork and work ethic," senior center and linebacker Nate Eisenberg said. "It's an all-around good-for-football environment. Players come out here and show off how much they can lift. It's friendly competition, and I would say it leads to teambuilding."
Last year, the team raised around $2,000 that went toward uniforms. Money generated this year will be for equipment improvements, including helmets and practice gear.