VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – The Liberty football team helped serve their community Sunday afternoon.
They helped move kitty litter across the Trumbull County Animal Welfare League.
Every year, Animal Welfare League Caretaker Jeffery Walters has to move kitty litter across the building Trumbull County. In the past, it has been a slower process due to a small staff.
This project happens once a year because the kitty litter is dropped off at one side of the building but is stored on the other side.
So, Walters reached out to someone he knew would be willing to help.
“I called Coach Simon who I know. I grew up with him, went to high school together, and I knew he was looking for something to do with the kids in kind of a community outreach program,” Walters said.
On Sunday, over 24,000 pounds of litter were moved across the building.
Players from both the high school and junior high teams pitched in their efforts. It made for a great bonding experience for the players off the field, helping them learn the importance of giving back.
“They’re having fun with it, too. You know, I was worried about how it might go over because it’s the first kind of field trip we’ve taken, and I’m a first year coach, but it’s really worked out well,” said Head Coach Joe Simon.
They also helped organize other supplies for the Home Run Derby coming up in July.
“I think it’s important that they understand that it’s important to give back to your community, you know. Do some things that are helpful, not just because you’re getting paid for it or something like that, you know. You do it out of the kindness of your heart,” saidSimon.
“It helps us, the staff, for having to move it because 20,000 pounds takes a long time when there’s only two or three people doing it,” Walters said.
The team is also looking to grow their involvement in the community.