MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ— Preseason for the Governor Livingston Football Team includes extensive drills, lifting, and running. Not only does the Highlanders’ preseason encompass working on football essentials, but consists of volunteer work as well. On Aug.14, Coach Daniel Guyton and the team took a trip to the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside to volunteer for the third year in a row.

The Children’s Specialized Hospital is the leading pediatric rehabilitation center in New Jersey and serves as a long-term care facility. There are thirteen other specialized hospitals throughout the state which provide exceptional programs and services to children in need.

To start off the day, the Highlanders viewed the Hospital’s “Fight Face” campaign video. The campaign shows support for the patients at the hospital, where selfies can be posted to Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #FightFace. The team was encouraged to upload their own #FightFace selfies as well.

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After listening to the video and introduction, the GL team was split into groups in order to complete numerous tasks throughout the hospital. One group washed the hospital’s vehicles, the next sorted through and cleaned up the donation closet, another made decorations and cards, and the last group cleaned the playground. Throughout two hours of work, the boys showed diligence and care, taking their volunteer work to a whole new level.

“I am very proud of the work that our team did today. It was great to see them come together, take initiative, and help the hospital out with the various projects,” Coach Guyton said, “This volunteering opportunity helps our team much more than we are able to give back. It gives our team perspective about what is truly important and shows us what real courage looks like, #FightFace.”

Not only has the GL team made an impact through volunteer work, but will continue to help the Children’s Specialized Hospital in another aspect. The team is hosting its annual Bench-A-Thon, where the players will bench as much weight as possible to raise money. In the end, a portion of the proceeds from the Bench-A-Thon will be donated to the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside.