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Averett University's Football Team Helps Out


October 14, 2011



WSET-Ch. 13
Reporter: Heather Rosenbaum -- Videographer: RJ Burnette

Danville, VA -- Averett University's football team volunteered all over Danville Thursday to show that they do more than just play around.

The team divided up into 12 groups to volunteer. Some went to schools, some went to work with pets, and some went to prison.

"It shows that we actually care. I feel like it gives us a better reputation than what some people perceive a football team to have," said Brad Scott, a junior.

It may not be what you expect 110 college football players to be doing on a Thursday morning.

"We do two major projects. One in the spring and one in the fall. We actually take time out of practice time to give back to the community," said Mike Dunlevy, the coach.

The Averett University Football squad teamed up with a dozen local organizations to volunteer.

"We are at 12 different locations today. We are at several middle schools and elementary schools, we are also at the Danville Humane Society, a lot of places," said Dunlevy.

"It helps with teamwork and brings upon experiences that we can remember for our town and our teammates," said Jawoin Williams, a sophomore.

At God's Pit Crew players replaced huddles with hauling boxes and at the Humane Society strategy swapped with strays.

"It makes you feel good. It feels like connected to the community. And when they come out to the games you know we would be more connected. So it brings the community and Averett University together," said Williams.

In his tenth year, coach Dunlevy discovered the most meaningful message of the project.

"I think it's very important that people understand that college football is not just about our guys getting faster and winning football games, it's the whole experience. It's about developing the whole person, not just the football player," said Dunlevy.

Averett University is in their fall break right now, so all of these players gave up their holiday time to help out. Everyone they work for gets free admission to their games.

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