Legends are made off the field as well as on in the Juneau-Douglas football fraternity and Konnie Chitty is known as “the fuel that feeds the fire” according to head coach Rich Sjoroos.
“Oh man,” Sjoroos said. “She fed us prime rib last night. She has been feeding us all season.”
When the 2013 Crimson Bears began the season, Chitty overheard one or two players mention that they hadn’t had breakfast or lunch, and possibly not dinner the night before.
“I thought I would just give them a nice meal on a Tuesday night,” Chitty said. “Then I decided to come every Tuesday night.”
Rain or shine, sleet or hail, breeze or high-powered glacier wind, Chitty prepares a smorgasbord of eats for over 40 growing boys, 48 if you count the coaching staff.
On pleasant days the barbeque is set up at the field while the team finishes practice. Less courteous days finds Chitty cluttering her kitchen and bringing the fine cuisine to a nearby school classroom where the team can sit and enjoy their “grandma’s” tasty treats.
“It is great,” biological grandson Kris Hill said. “I love it when everybody just comes up to me and thanks me for everything she does. The best thing she makes is the steak.”
On Thursday, Chitty decided a second special meal was deserved and she cooked over 400 pounds of prime rib in her kitchen, brought it to practice, and fed the hungry, state-championship-bound players.
“We had rolls and corn,” Chitty said. “Oh, and green beans, because that is what Kris wanted.”
The spread also included potatoes and carrots grown in Chitty’s own garden. Desert was chocolate sundaes.
“We are very lucky to have Kris as our grandson,” Chitty said. “And all his friends.”