TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Some local football players were playing pickup on Thursday, but the focus was not on the football field. It was on the greater good of the community.
“We’re cleaning up vacant lots in the Trotwood area to help our community, let them know we appreciate what they do for us,” said Jeff Graham, head football coach at Trotwood-Madison High School.
The Trotwood-Madison High School football team mowed grass, cut weeds and made the Drexel neighborhood look nice.
“We just come together as a team and move obstacles that seem unmovable,” said Trent Clark, football player.
Neighbors, like Alice Atkins, said the team did a wonderful job cleaning up the neighborhood’s vacant lots.
“I hope they keep up the good work,” Atkins said. “I wish there were more young people that volunteered to do things like this.”
This was the second year the team participated in community cleanup efforts. The coach said they hope to continue it for many years.
“It makes me feel great because it just shows they support us in what we’re doing,” Clark said. “They don’t just see us as any other black people around here. They see us as good people actually doing a good thing in the community.”