July 13, 2006
Albany - Whether it is high school, college or even professional football, players are spending countless hours this summer running wind sprints, lifting weights and other activities to get ready for the fall season.
One local high school team though took a break from their summer workouts for a very good cause.
Members of the Albany High football team spent all day at the Albany Civic Center loading grocery bags with food and taking them to the cars of the recipients of that food.
The football team was helping out the Dougherty County Neighborhood Service Center which gives out the food through a program administered though the federal government several times year.
The service project is the idea of first year Albany High head coach Reginald Mitchell.
Mitchell is following the lead of legendary Grambling head coach Eddie Robinson who believed in building men first and football players second.
Reginald Mitchell said "We want teach these guys how to give back to the community and help them to understand that is better to give than to receive."
Albany High player Joe Roberson said "It is great opportunity for the Albany High football team to get some notoriety. Come out and help the community because as our coach told us we are building more than a football team. We are getting involved in the city of Albany."
Albany High player DeMarcus Potts said "Acutally in the beginning of the week, none of us wanted to come. We came here today and it was fun."
The Albany High players hope those they help today will come support them at their games this fall.
Coach Mitchell says half of the team participated into today's food giveaway and that the other half will do their part at the next Dougherty County Neighborhood Service Center giveaway in September.