Building a football team requires more than helmets, pads and plays. It takes teamwork. SHS head football coach Mark Ramsey said sometimes that includes learning to cooperate on ordinary tasks.
So last week, the SHS football players were assigned to various tasks to help out around town and at the school.
Ramsey said that when he was coach at Central A&M, he took his players to Little Galilee church camp where they worked to help earn their stay.
“While we were there, they did stuff like paint, mulch trails, clean up, etc. Part of that process involved having our captains in place. The captains were then placed in charge of groups to encourage team bonding to develop leadership skills.”
Now at Shelbyville, because of our limited time frame, we couldn’t organize a similar church camp, so instead we decided to try a simulation of that type of camp.
“Assistant Coach Brad Hilbert organized the work groups at the (lagoon) bridge after contacting Tyler Pierce at the park for some ideas,” Ramsey said. The group scraped and took off loose paint on the bridge to painting later.
“I had a crew at the school that worked on the equipment room to get organized there. We also did a little work on the press box area to help get that organized a little better.”
Ramsey said the purpose of the community projects is two-fold—to help within the community and develop camaraderie and leadership skills. “We hope that the kids get something out of it and that maybe it will help them down the road in life,” added Ramsey.