This project is becoming somewhat of an annual tradition for the football team.
“We’re just giving back to the school,” said Dan Sabers, head football coach for Class 4A state champion City High. “It’s a budget-crunching time and stuff so last year we started to realize that I have a lot of power so we’re just trying to use it.”
Most of the T-shirts worn by the dozens of football players helping school custodians were soaked through with perspiration as they labored to complete their assigned tasks.
“It’s a lot of hard work,” said Jake Calcotte, senior offensive lineman.
Volk estimates the football team’s few hours of labor saves the school a couple thousand dollars.
The service project also cultivates a new-found respect between football players and custodians.
“I work all of the football games, home games,” Volk said. “So, I know what they do up to the season…and [this] is probably the first chance for a lot of them to see what we do.”
Several football players said they now appreciate the hard work of the custodial staff to make their school something the students can be proud of.
“You see a lot of work that goes in every day that we just kind of take for granted and now we’re finally going to do it,” said Steve Ferentz, a junior tight end for the Little Hawks.
While the players enjoyed taking a break from football practice, Sabers said his team is ready to defend their state champion title during the upcoming football season.