That was the case for Country Day and Myers Park football teams on Aug. 18.
Initiated by Country Day coach Drew Witman, who was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Myers Park last season, he and Mustangs coach Scott Chadwick gathered both teams to serve local nonprofits.
Players and coaches from both teams served food at the Charlotte Rescue Mission and Men’s Shelter, helped clean Urban Ministries, and made cards for the patients at the Levine Children’s Hospital. Cheerleaders from both schools served alongside the football players at the Levine Children’s Hospital.
“Country Day students are going to be leaders someday, just by the nature of the education and the experiences they receive here,” Witman said in a release from the school.
“Consistently giving young people opportunities to serve others helps them get comfortable in various settings and it builds their social consciousness. That sets the stage for when they are older and have the means or influence to affect change.”
Chadwick said he always gets more joy when he serves than when he receives.
“It’s always good for kids to give back and understand there’s people a lot less fortunate than they are,” Chadwick said. “It was good of our kids to do that.”
He added his players left feeling good about themselves knowing they made a difference in someone else’s life.
“For me personally, any time you go to the Levine Children’s Center, and you have an opportunity to see some kids that are going through what those kids there are going through as a parent it makes you count your blessings,” Chadwick said.
The Bucs and Mustangs will meet at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. for their season opener.