LOGAN, Utah – Utah State football has been busy off the field during the offseason with community service, as they recently topped the 300-hour mark of service throughout the community.Members of the team have worked with community members both young and old, from working at elementary schools to helping elderly in the community move. Players have done work to help both near and far, by helping on campus with the College High School Aggies Mentorship Program (CHAMP), and participating in the “Adopt A Soldier” program, sending care packages from the whole team to soldiers overseas. “When I was a kid, I always loved when athletes would come to my school to talk to us and spend time with us. It really taught me to focus on my goals and realize that I can achieve anything I try to do, so I just wanted to give that back to the kids in our community,” said senior offensive lineman Spencer Johnson, a broadcast journalism major from Lancaster, Calif.Johnson was one of the primary volunteers, speaking to Bridger Elementary students about goals and success, among his many other volunteer projects.”I just want to give back to this community, to Logan, Cache Valley and the University,” Johnson said. “This community has given us so much more than we could have ever expected, we’re just trying to show our appreciation by giving back.”Other community service projects include collecting pop tops for the Ronald McDonald House, “Stuff A Bus” Program, “Quality Youth Services” Program, Bear River Head Start Program, as well as helping work at IHOP. Players also helped work at the Junction and HUB in addition to a career fair and working with Kappa Delta Sorority on campus.”I feel that helping the community is important because they give so much to us when they come to our games. They buy tickets and so much more to support the program, that by helping the community is just a small token of our appreciation for all their support,” said senior safety Rajric Coleman, who is majoring in criminal justice with a minor in education, and is from Litchfield Park, Ariz.One of Coleman’s many projects was mentoring youth in the “Quality Youth Services” program, which he did activities including tutoring, talking with youth and taking them to events like Utah State basketball games.”I really liked one of the projects that I did for my community service in helping out with delinquent kids. If being a positive influence on these kids can keep them out of trouble, then I feel that I have done something to help make them a better person and help make this community a better place,” Coleman said. Members of the football team have also helped clean the weight room and academic center. “We want our players to be active and give back to this community as a very small thank you for all the support that we get from this terrific community that we are fortunate to be part of,” USU head coach Gary Andersen said. “These community service projects are equally beneficial to our team in that it enhances their values of hard work, cooperation and teamwork that they learn and use on the football field and are applicable to everyday life.”-USU-
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