HIgh school volunteer opportunities don't often fall out of the sky but they did for the students at Bethel Park High School. Coach Brian DeLallo upheld a school tradition when he canceled class and sent out this tweet to spend Monday's workout shoveling snow for an elderly or disabled neighbor. What happened next is service at it's finest!
The weight room is not the first place many administrators consider when planning high school volunteer opportunities. But Coach Brian DeLallo saw an opportunity to teach his players how their strength can protect others off the field just the way they do their teammates.
In a tweet Sunday (shown below), Coach DeLallo cancelled weightlifting Monday and instructed his team to "Find and elderly or disabled neighbor and shovel their driveway. Don't accept any money - that's our Monday workout."
As one CBS affiliate reports, more than 6 inches of snow fell that day. Using estimates from FEMA, those six inches of snow can weigh anywhere from 1.5 to over 10 lbs per square foot depending on moisture density. Quite a haul for an elderly neighbor but what an incredible high school volunteer opportunity for team members to flex their muscles! And did they ever! The students quickly started texting photos of themselves clearing driveways, challenging others on the team to do the same.
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.— Brian DeLallo (@BDeLallo) January 16, 2022
In an interview with the local news station, Coach DeLallo shares how this high school volunteer opportunity may be creative but it is far from the first time. According to Pittsburgh's Action 4 News, "the shoveling workout started with the previous coach, more than a decade earlier, but he thinks he may have been the first to tweet it."
Shortly after shovels hit the driveway, the community rallied around this incredible high school volunteer opportunity:
💯👍Coach D. A great way to instill pride, compassion, caring, community and self-worth!— bob spargal (@Sparg45Bob) January 17, 2022
This lesson will be the best you could teach and the young teens could learn!
Coach, you should be commended. This is a perfect way to instill responsibility in these young guys. We need more coaches like you out there. Keep up the great work!!— Rick W (@RickWeisner) January 17, 2022
The full interview with video from Action 4 News Pittsburgh showing the team in action can be found here. Quite the game plan coach and job well done thinking creatively to provide a top high school volunteer opportunity that gets your students excited, community engaged and driveways passable!
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