Serving their community

By James Phillips
Posted 3/7/18

While most high school football players hope to clean up on the field Friday nights in the fall, members of the Jasper Vikings football team spent time Wednesday afternoon cleaning up their hometown. 

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Serving their community

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While most high school football players hope to clean up on the field Friday nights in the fall, members of the Jasper Vikings football team spent time Wednesday afternoon cleaning up their hometown. 

About 60 players spent a little more than an hour picking up trash on Industrial Boulevard as a part of the city’s Clean as a Whistle program.
“We appreciate you guys taking time to come out and do this today,” Jasper Mayor David O’Mary told the group. “What we hope is that by taking part in our litter pickup program today that it will lead you to stop littering that may happen around you within your own group of friends and family.”
Jasper Head Coach Bryan Moore said the litter pickup was a part of his team’s community outreach, which they do weekly.
“This is our way that we can show our pride and do our part in this community,” Moore said. “We ask people to come support us for our games, so this is our way that we can support others. Our relationship with this community shouldn’t be only on Friday nights in the fall.”
Other projects the team has completed in recent weeks include greeting kindergarten students in the car rider line at T.R. Simmons Elementary School and cleaning up inside and outside Jasper High School.
“We try to work out four times per week, but we use that fifth day as a day for community service,” Moore said. “Our players have responded positively to it, and it is a big part of the character building that we work on each day.”
Lindsey Moore, the coach’s wife who also works at Jasper High, helps organize the community service efforts.
“This is something that we did during our time in Eufala, and it is something that we feel is important here in Jasper. I couldn’t do it without her,” Moore said.
O’Mary said he is impressed with the school’s new coach.
“He has jumped right into our community, and that is something that has really impressed me,” O’Mary said. “I have no doubt that we will be winning games on the field, but Coach Moore is already doing the things that needs to be done to make these guys winners in life.”