High school football coach cancels practice, tells players to shovel elderly neighbors’ driveways instead
When a winter storm threatened to dump several inches of snow on western Pennsylvania, a high school football coach decided it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel practice. So instead of lifting weights in the weight room, the football coach instructed his players to find an elderly or disabled neighbor and shovel their driveway. By the end of the day the team cleared dozens of driveways in their community.
Bethel Park High School football coach Brian DeLallo said he was sitting on his couch getting ready for the Pittsburgh Steelers game when he sent out a tweet informing his players Monday’s workout was cancelled.
“This is something that predates me,” he said.
The school’s previous football coach taught his players about performing acts of kindness, and DeLallo was simply carrying on the tradition.
So after more than six inches of snow fell in Bethel Park, the team got to work.
“They’re surprised that we’re not taking money, we’re not doing anything for it,” junior and team captain Gavin Moul said.
Moul said some residents even refused their offer because they weren’t accepting any form of payment.
By the end of the day the team cleared dozens of driveways in their community.
One resident, 83-year-old Danny Varhola, was happy to have the young men of Bethel Park High School shovel his driveway. His own son played football at the high school in the 80s.
“I’ve been here for 50 years, and these guys are great,” he said.
“You get a lot more out of this than ‘did you bench press 300 pounds today?’ This is really cool. It’s a chance to connect with the community and you don’t get many of those, so this is nice,” DeLallo said.
“I feel great about it and think we all feel great about it. It’s not only helping them, but it’s helping us to become a better team.”
😭I teared up doing this story!— Gabriella DeLuca (@GabriellaDeLuca) January 17, 2022
The Bethel Park football coach told his players they weren’t doing a gym work out today — and instead instructed them to go shovel driveways for elderly neighbors.
These guys took it seriously & are on their 6th driveway 👏🏼 @WPXI pic.twitter.com/wsZipK2kpu