HUNTSVILLE - During the month of March, the Sam Houston State football team volunteered over 140 hours of community service, continuing a longstanding prerogative of giving back established under head coach K.C. Keeler.
Despite being in the midst of spring practice, sticking with the mandate of donating time to others has continued to be a priority for the Bearkats. During the last month members of the team visited Lansberry Elementary School for Read Across America Day, Faith Lutheran School to sign autographs and to Samuel W. Elementary School to have lunch with the kids to encourage them to do well on their upcoming STARR testing.
They also regularly visit the YMCA to play games with the kids, and helped recently with the promotion of a bone marrow drive.
“During the spring, we do a really good job giving back to the community,” Keeler said. ” It’s amazing what a few hours in our community can do for the youth and the people in need. I’m always looking forward to the bone marrow drive. A simple swab, and man power, and we can potentially help save lives. It was cool and made me proud to help out with the drive.”
Nanette Nira, 2nd Grade Teacher at Samuel W. Houston Elementary School
“The kids enjoy visiting with the SHSU football players every time they come to SWHES. The players really take interest in the kids and encourage the students to keep doing their best. It’s great to have positive role models they can look up too.”
Siddiq Haynes, Sam Houston State Assistant Coach
“I’ve been extremely proud of the way our guys have stepped up, and have taken interest in volunteering in the community. Giving back to the community is something of high value to us. Our guys have the chance to serve as role models to the kids and give back to a community that supports us day in and day out.”
Isaiah Hughes, Sports Assistant at YMCA
“Having the football players come out and spend time with us and our kids meant a lot. It showed that they care about the community and its future. It gave the Children someone to look up too and allowed them to see that they are more than just football players.”