When a winter storm dropped inches of snow on western Pennsylvania, a high school football chose to cancel practice.
But instead of simply lifting weights in the weight room, Bethel Park High School football coach Brian DeLallo told his players to “find an elderly or disabled neighbor and shovel their driveway.”
DeLallo told KDKA he was sitting on his couch getting ready for the Pittsburgh Steelers game when he sent out a tweet informing his players Monday’s workout was cancelled.
“This is something that predates me,” he said.
The school’s previous football coach taught his players about performing acts of kindness, and DeLallo was simply carrying on the tradition.
So after more than six inches of snow fell in Bethel Park, the team got to work.
“They’re surprised that we’re not taking money, we’re not doing anything for it,” junior and team captain Gavin Moul said.
Moul said some residents even refused their offer because they weren’t accepting any form of payment.
Helping the community
By the end of the day the team cleared dozens of driveways in their community.
One resident, 83-year-old Danny Varhola, was happy to have the young men of Bethel Park High School shovel his driveway. His own son played football at the high school in the 80s.
“I’ve been here for 50 years, and these guys are great,” he said.
“You get a lot more out of this than ‘did you bench press 300 pounds today?’ This is really cool. It’s a chance to connect with the community and you don’t get many of those, so this is nice,” DeLallo said.
“I feel great about it and think we all feel great about it. It’s not only helping them, but it’s helping us to become a better team.”