Members of ETBU football team sack roadside trashby Joe Holloway News Messenger
MARSHALL NEWS MESSENER (4/5/13)- Members of the East Texas Baptist University football team hit the streets of Marshall to help pick up trash along the side of the road on Thursday.
Senior linebacker Dylan Benge said the effort, called "Unity in the Community,” was something first year head coach Joshua Eargle thought was important for the team to do to be a part of the community of which ETBU is a part.
"It’s a great deal,” said Benge, who was picking up trash with his fellow linebackers near the intersection of Highway 59 and Elysian Fields Ave. "It shows that we want to be involved in and support the local community and, hopefully, they’ll come out at support us when we’re playing out on the field this fall.”
That was a sentiment echoed by Roy Denbow, who had his bag full of trash near 59 and Travis St. The senior wide receiver said he was happy to be out helping the community with his teammates, even though it was a rather chilly day.
"We’re happy we can be out here helping out, despite the weather,” he said. "We want to be behind the community and we hope they’ll be behind us as well.”
Benge said it was the first time in his four years at ETBU that he remembers the team doing something like this, but that he knows it’s something the team would like to continue to do.
"This is our first (time) and we’ll be doing it in the fall as well,” he said, adding that the team was spread out across numerous locations around town. "We’ve got people all over picking up trash. The whole team is doing it, just trying to put a little unity in the community.”
He said the effort was part of larger changes going on with the team that he hopes will brings the players closer together as well.
"We’re trying to make some big changes happen,” he said. "And to develop into one big family.”
Romeo Botelua, a freshman linebacker, said it’d be nice for the entire Marshall community to be a part of that family.
"We just want everyone around town to know we care,” he said. "And hopefully have some fans in stands as well.”
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