On Thursday, the football team hosted its eighth annual Thanksgiving food drive.
Each fall, members of the football team go off campus to donate food to those less fortunate. This year the players, mostly seniors, distributed food to the Bethesda Project and St. John’s Hospice.
“We’re all very blessed, and blessed to have what we have here, and the guys here are fortunate to go here for their academics and play football,” coach Matt Rhule said. “This is our opportunity to give back to those who are in need of our help. I hope today, the players realize how lucky they really are, and be thankful for what they have.
“If anything gratitude is the main focus today here on our head,” Rhule added. “Again, it’s another reason to be thankful for what we have, and to appreciate it in the best way they can. After all giving is the ultimate form of living.”
Individuals at both shelters also received a free ticket to the football team’s conference match-up on against Connecticut.
“I’ve been here for a long time, and we’ve been doing this for seven years, and for this one to be the biggest one we’re doing, as far as feeding the most people, I’m proud of it, I think Cathy Bongiovi has done a great job of leading it and I’m proud of our players for enabling us to buy the turkeys,” Rhule said.