As part of a long-standing tradition, a high school football coach near Pittsburgh assigned his athletes an unusual workout: To shovel snow for a neighbor in need.
Brian Delallo, the football coach at Bethel Park High School, tweeted the workout to his athletes, and the tweet quickly went viral.
In the tweet, he said, “Due to the 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.”
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
He later explained to a KETV 7 that replacing a winter workout with shoveling snow was something the team had been doing for years.
He explained that over a decade ago, a previous coach started the tradition and he was just keeping it going.
Players of his football team were quick to respond to the assignment and texted Delallo photos of themselves shoveling snow for the community.
“It’s just nice getting out here, helping out the community, just helping out others that need help,” Pfeuffer, a wide receiver on the team, told the news outlet.
Shoveling snow is quite a workout and it’s something not everyone is capable of doing. People with disabilities, back pain, and the elderly may struggle to leave their homes when snow blocks their driveways.
Having the team shovel snow is not only a helpful resource to the community and a good workout for the players, but it also serves as a lesson in teamwork on a larger scale. After all, helping out neighbors is good practice in being a team player.
Hopefully other sports teams will take note and implement a similar workout to their own regimens!
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