ROXBURY, NJ - On Friday nights during its season, the Roxbury High School football team plays under the lights.
But on Friday, July 13, the team shined a light on its generosity. The Gaels donated their time and strength to help build a house for Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that helps families build a place to call home.
The goal was to have the boys to do some team bonding while helping others. When the idea for Habitat for Humanity was brought up the boys jumped on it.
So, on Friday morning they put on their work boots, donned their hard hats and went to work. They started from the ground up, helping to build a house foundation.
"I knew it would be hard work but also knew it would feel good to make a difference for a family in need" said senior Brian Dachowski. "It was a good day."
There were 11 boys working on the project plus Roxbury Football Coach Cosmo Lorusso and two parent volunteers Mike Spitzer and Jason Doerr. There most likely would have been a lot more, however Habitat requires volunteers to be at least 16 years old.
The organizers are hoping to make this an annual event, so younger boys need not worry; they will get their chance to pitch in.
When the boys arrived on Friday morning in Dover, the head of the project gave the group a talk about what Habitat does and then gave each boy - and Lorusso - an assignment.
Asked what he thought of the day, the coach said it was a great idea. "One of the main missions of our program is to develop young men who are willing to serve others," Lorusso said. "Our experience with Habitat for Humanity allowed us to put that mission into action".