Football Coach Sends Team To Shovel Snow For The Elderly

January 21, 2022

A high school football coach in Pennsylvania swapped weight training practice with snow shoveling for neighbors in need.

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Bethel Park High School head football coach Brian DeLallo said about 40 athletes shoveled driveways on Monday after a winter storm hit Pennsylvania.

His tweet read: "Due to expected severe weather, Monday's weightlifting workout has been cancelled. Find an elderly or disabled neighbor and shovel their driveway. Don't accept any money - that's our Monday workout."

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The football players shoveling snow / Credit: James Cromie

After his tweet went viral, DeLallo felt the need to credit his predecessor, former head coach Jeff Metheny.

"Jeff had always had our kids do this," DeLallo told Fox News. "Any time we had a snow day and school was canceled, he had the kids go out and shovel driveways for people in the community who were elderly or who were disabled or otherwise could not shovel their own driveways. So this is something we've been doing for a long time. Definitely not my idea. I learned it from Jeff and we've just carried on this tradition."

DeLallo said having the athletes shovel driveways also gives them a chance to interact with the community.

"Sports are important in our community, high school sports are important. We get great crowds and support. So this is a way to go out and connect with them," he said.

"This was a good way to kind of get them face to face with their neighbors, doing something that gives back to a community that is so supportive of our program. It's really nice to be able to do that."

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