Student athletes give back to local community

Published: Oct. 27, 2013 at 2:17 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2013 at 2:40 AM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Dozens of high school athletes got out of bed and hit the streets Saturday morning. It was all in an effort to give back to the community. With help from the North Charleston Police, the students tackled a tall order - cleaning up their neighborhoods.

The Fort Dorchester Patriots had a big win last night, but it's their hard work off the field that's making their community even prouder.

The football players took to the streets, armed with plastic bags, and ready to do some cleaning.

Neighbors in The Gables were surprised to see them out there, but welcomed their hard work.

"We need more young men like them to come around and do things for the neighborhood," said James Campbell, resident of The Gables.

While the players were sore from last night's game, Coach Steve Laprad says Saturday's challenge is just as important.

"We want to teach them the game of football, but we also want to teach them the game of life," said Laprad. "This is what you've got to do. You've got to give back every once in a while. If you don't give back - you don't get."

The students said they love their community and were willing to give back.

Campbell hopes that their act of kindness sends a good message to the rest of the community.

"We have a lot of kids that are just wandering around, not doing anything, getting into trouble. So, doing things like this helps us to unite the kids and show the other kids that if you get together you can do right," said Campbell.

The Patriots weren't the only school to participate. North Charleston, Academic, and Stall high school students also took part in the clean up effort in other designated areas. In total, 250 students helped out.

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