Touchdown! Gwinn football players win off the field by helping neighbor in need
"Life lessons: do unto others as you want them to do to you," said Gwinn High School's Head Football Coach Dion Brown.
It is a lesson Coach Brown instills in his varsity football players and on Sunday, August 19, the team gave up their sunny afternoon to help out an elderly neighbor.
"We'll come out and not even on the field, we'll come out here and work together and things like that and just build the bond even stronger," said Mason Bockert, a senior, Defensive End and Offensive Tackle.
"They help us and come support us when we're on the field so why not come help them?" asked Tucker Taylor, a fellow senior, Tight End and Outside Linebacker.
The team helped with clearing and stacking wood, and much like giving their all at game time, Coach Brown says helping out those in need is a big part of what makes his players so special.
"They're willing to sacrifice and do things like this and they're willing to sacrifice out on the football field," said Coach Brown.
"We do big parts of helping the community and our head coach, Dion, just told us to come out here and help the community so we like doing that," said Toquan Starnes, a sophomore, Running Back and Cornerback.
'Community' is a word a lot of the players and even coach himself mentioned. The team says being a part of their community builds a special bond between the team and the place they call home.
"I have more people behind my back, like they're there with us and they're not just there saying, 'We have a football team,'" said Tucker. "They actually know us and respect us as we respect them."
This is not the first or the last time the Modeltowners will live up to their aptly-named mascot. The guys are willing to help out whenever they are asked.
"We love doing things for the community, we've helped at churches, we help move furniture," said Coach Brown. "We're always doing stuff around here, anything that can help the community."
The team will hit the field for practice again during the week to prepare for the start of their season on Friday, August 24.