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HS football coach cancels practice, sends players to shovel snow for elderly neighbors

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  • A Pennsylvania high school football coach continued a tradition earlier this week when he sent his players to shovel snow for their elderly neighbors.
  • “Due to expected severe weather, Monday’s weightlifting workout has been canceled. Find an elderly or disabled neighbor and shovel their driveway,” head football coach Brian DeLallo wrote on social media.

A Pennsylvania high school football coach continued a tradition earlier this week when he sent his players to shovel snow for their elderly neighbors after cancelling practice — players were expected to offer the service for free.  

“Due to expected severe weather, Monday’s weightlifting workout has been canceled.  Find an elderly or disabled neighbor and shovel their driveway.  Don’t accept any money – that’s our Monday workout,” Bethel Park High School head football coach Brian DeLallo wrote on Twitter 

DeLallo told Fox News the good deed was an extension of something started by former head coach Jeff Metheny more than 20 years ago.  

“Any time we had a snow day and school was canceled, he had the kids go out and shovel driveways for people in the community who were elderly or who were disabled or otherwise could not shovel their own driveways,” DeLallo said.  

“So this is something we’ve been doing for a long time. Definitely not my idea. I learned it from Jeff and we’ve just carried on this tradition,” he added.  

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Around 40 athletes spent their practice time with shovels in hand, and DeLallo regards the tradition as a good way to give back to a supportive community who appreciate high school sports.  

“This was a good way to kind of get them face to face with their neighbors, doing something that gives back to a community that is so supportive of our program,” DeLallo told the network. “It’s really nice to be able to do that.” 


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