This summer, the Oxford High School Charger football players are doing much more than preparing for their upcoming season. Throughout the summer, the team will participate in service projects designed to show appreciation for the support the Oxford Community has shown for their team and school district. Head Coach Chris Cutcliffe and Team Chaplain Jeff Holeman are using service projects to teach the players about the importance of service and “giving back” to the Oxford community.
“I hope the community knows how much we appreciate all that they do for our schools and our athletic programs,” says Coach Cutcliffe.
The team has scheduled four service projects this summer. So far, they have held a free car wash and taken a group to help the Oxford Food Pantry unload trucks and stock shelves. During the rest of the summer, the team will visit nursing homes in the area to hand out signed schedule posters, and they also plan on visiting the Veterans’ Home.
Because football is such an important part of Oxford’s culture, Coach Cutcliffe wants the players to understand how important the community is to the players’ success. Through these projects, the players are learning to “take pride in giving back to their community”, and they hope that the people they serve will continue to come out and show support for the team this Fall.
These projects will also help the players develop skills and character that will benefit them in the future. By teaching them service and humility while they’re in high school, Coach Cutcliffe hopes that the players will take these attributes and put it to use in whatever setting they find themselves in after high school.
“We think it is critical for them to learn the value of giving back from an early age to help them be productive citizens in the future,” says Coach Cutcliffe.
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