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Second annual Centennial Football Day of Service draws over 100 volunteers


Centennial football team members Rasean McLemore, Tyrek Lane, Mondu Sawyers, and Chris Rizo wash cars with Franktown Open Hearts Executive Director Dan Alexander and his son, Braxton.

More than 100 volunteers participated in the Centennial High School football team’s second annual Day of Service on April 20.


This year’s event brought together a variety of participants, including football team members, football parents, the CHS coaching staff, and five area companies. Volunteers contributed over 300 hours of service to the Franklin area.


“From a coaching perspective, we think it is important to teach young men the value of reaching out and doing something for our community,” said head coach Brian Rector. “We do this volunteer day because it’s the right thing to do. Football is more than X’s and O’s. We want to teach our players about life.”


The 100 volunteers staffed five separate work sites and partnered with area businesses to perform the following service activities.


At Wild Wings Café and Culver’s, the volunteers held car washes to benefit Franktown Open Hearts.


“Franktown Open Hearts is the best-kept secret in Franklin,” said Dan Alexander, executive director and former NFL player. “It’s a charity that does great things but many people in our community don’t know of the need. It’s always great to have events like this to help us raise funds for the children in our program, but also important to get our name out there and get new volunteers.”


At Whole Foods, the volunteers held a car wash with donations going to the Whole Planet Foundation.


At Beacon Financial Services, the volunteers helped staff a Community Shred Day at Beacon Financial Services. Volunteers carried 7,000 pounds of paper to the mobile shredder.


At Centennial High School, the volunteers partnered with Kohl’s Cares Foundation and Kohl’s team members to landscape and mulch the Centennial High School campus.


“From a parent perspective, having these young men working for something other than football goals and understanding that it’s important to make a difference in their community is very important,” said Mitch Crawford, CHS Quarterback Club president.


“Giving back to the community is part of good sportsmanship and part of being a good team member,” said Rasean McLemore, rising sophomore team member.

Posted on: 4/23/2013


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