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High school football coach cancels practice, tells players to shovel elderly neighbors’ driveways instead

As a winter storm threatened to drop several inches of snow on western Pennsylvania, a high school football team determined that canceling practice was in everyone’s best interests.

Instead of exercising weights in the weight room, Brian DeLallo, the football coach of Bethel Park High School, directed his players to “find an elderly or disabled neighbor and shovel their driveway.”

“This is something that exists before me,” he explained.

DeLallo was only carrying on a tradition started by the former football coach, who educated his players about committing acts of kindness.

Thus, when six inches of snow fell in Bethel Park, the team started to work.

“They’re amazed that we’re not accepting money or doing anything for it,” junior and team captain Gavin Moul said.

According to Moul, some neighbors even denied their offer since they refused to accept any type of payment.

Giving back to the community

By the end of the day, the group had cleaned hundreds of driveways in their neighborhood.

Danny Varhola, 83, was delighted to have the young men of Bethel Park High School shovel his driveway. In the 1980s, his own son played high school football.

“I’ve been here 50 years, and these people are fantastic,” he remarked.

“This gives you a lot more than ‘did you bench press 300 pounds today?'” This is fantastic. “It’s an opportunity to engage with the community, which is rare, so this is good,” DeLallo added.

Moul agreed

“I’m really happy about it, and I believe we all are. That not only helps them, but it also helps us become a better team.”

This is really fantastic! What a wonderful way to contribute to your community. I hope these young men got more out of this than simply a good exercise.

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