Most kids look forward to snow days because they can sleep in and enjoy their free time however they want. It isn’t very often they’d voluntarily give such a rare treat up.
While many of their classmates stayed warm inside on Feb. 12, members of the football team at Wilmot Union High School spent their snow day out in the Wisconsin cold. But they weren’t sledding, skiing, or snowboarding on the slopes; they were busy doing something far more important. They were serving their community.
That morning, each of the players received a call from their coach, Brian Hopkins. He told them to “get up, put some clothes on,” explaining, “we’re going shoveling.”
With shovels in hand and tons of wet, heavy snow in front of them, the teenagers began clearing dozens of neighbors’ driveways — a tedious chore they were more than happy to do together.
“Most high schoolers are sleeping in today, getting things done at their house, but these guys want to give back to their community,” Brian said.
Logan Pye, one of the football players, agreed, saying, “I think it’s one of the best things we could have done with a snow day.” He added that he would have otherwise just spent the morning in bed.
Not only were the athletes having fun and getting a good workout, but they were also building character and learning the value of teamwork. We can’t think of a better way for them to train for the season. You go, Panthers!
These guys are setting such a great example for their peers. There’s no doubt their simple act of kindness will make a lasting impact on the hearts and minds of their community as well. Their parents must be so proud.
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