There are a number of things you can do to pass the time during your summer break: get a job, sleep in, hang by the pool or go on vacation – all perfect activities for the months of June and July. However, the football team of Philo high school selected none of the above on a Thursday morning in East Zanesville. In a bid during a fundraising event for the Muskingum County Animal Shelter, the Electrics were elected to pair up with "Big Dawg Farms" to do a little landscaping.
"We offered the laborers, our football players, and R.D. Winland from Big Dawg Farms offered the material and tools. So we teamed up and we’re here to do some work," said Philo head football coach Dirk Lincicome.
The fundraiser itself gained more than 14 thousand dollars towards the Animal Shelter, but the labor was the most rewarding part of the project for Philo.
"Not every team will just get up at eight o’clock in the morning to come out and do dirty work like this. So, it shows a lot to what our team is and that our coach [isn’t] afraid to sacrifice us," said senior linebacker Drew Kerns.
Fellow senior linebacker Cody Friend added, "It shows that we’re not just a team, we’re a family and we’re not afraid to get together and go help out to give back to the community. Everyone comes to support us, so we might as well support them."
While the project was a mix of fun and work, Coach Lincicome said his biggest concern was who would be willing to wear a little dirt.
"It’s extremely important for these kids to spend time together and get dirty, and get callouses on their hands. They’re learning how to be a family and how to depend on each other. They’re learning how to count on each other."
Dirk Lincicome begins his first season at the Philo football helm this fall where he hopes to see the same teamwork and production displayed on the field at Sam Hatfield Stadium.
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