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Shippensburg football players hit the streets to shovel local driveways

Dan Sostek
Chambersburg Public Opinion
Shippensburg football players shovel out a local driveway as part of a team-wide activity on Tuesday afternoon.

Whenever a snowstorm hits Franklin County, Shippensburg football head coach Eric Foust always relays a request to his full roster of players.

He asks, in lieu of a workout, for each Greyhound to go and ask their neighbors if they'd like them to shovel out their driveways.

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This year, via an idea pitched by Foust's wife, the coach decided to take it a step further: make it an official team activity.

After virtual class wrapped up on Tuesday, more than 25 Shippensburg players headed out to various stops across their town to clear out the driveways of locals from the foot of snow that had accumulated over the past couple days, dropping players off at various developments to get working.

Soliciting requests on social media, the players worked all afternoon, clearing around 15 to 20 snow-filled driveways.

"Something that you want your athletes to see is that it's important to involve yourself in your community and help others who need help," Foust said. "It's one of the many lessons you can learn through sports even if it isn't 100% sports related."

The group of Greyhounds, which featured athletes from eighth grade to 12th, worked until dark, masked, and while they didn't get to every single request, the tally was impressive, getting to as many targets as they physically could.

"We have a lot of tired kids right now," Foust said.

Another added bonus of the initiative was that the players, who have been in virtual learning due to the pandemic, had a chance to see each other in a group setting.

"These kids don't get enough time to see each other," Foust said. "So this gives them that opportunity to see each other. And when kids get that opportunity, they're really excited about it."

With more snow potentially on the way this weekend, there's a chance the Greyhounds will be clearing out more pavement in the near future.