Submitted By Emily Cox
On June 22, more than 100 members of the Reagan Rattlers football team participated in one of their annual summer service projects. After a tough morning workout, varsity players together with members of the junior varsity and freshmen teams gathered donations of peanut butter and jelly and traveled to the San Antonio Food Bank.
At the Food Bank’s warehouse, the Rattlers worked hard moving boxes and sorting food donations. In total, team members moved and sorted an impressive 31,873 pounds of food, setting a new record for Food Bank volunteers! This represents 25,498 meals for individuals served by the Food Bank. The team also donated over 400 pounds of peanut butter and jelly. Working alongside the players were members of another local group, Singing Women of Texas, as well as coaches and parent volunteers. “We always talk to the young men about being givers,” said Head Coach John Hamilton. “It is better to give than to receive. The trip to the San Antonio Food Bank allows our young kids to interact with our older kids and come together for a common cause. The parallels between Life and Athletics become more evident as these young men contribute off the fields of play.”
“They need to know that the Reagan Athletic Program is bigger than just wins and losses,” coach continued. “Helping and sacrificing for others is something that our kids embrace as they prepare to become the men they want to be. It was amazing this year to see our team fulfill the needs of others, alongside the Singing Women of Texas. Watching our players work hand in hand with complete strangers from all over the state was a cool experience. Those ladies loved their hometown football.”
The San Antonio Food Bank, whose slogan is “Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope,” serves 58,000 food insecure people each week. Their mission is to fight hunger in Southwest Texas through food distribution, programs, education, and advocacy.