Everest Collegiate freshman football players participated in a service project in Detroit last month, held the weekend before the Martin Luther King holiday. Coach Mike Pruchnicki said the boys joined a gathering of more than 200 volunteers at Sacred Heart Church in the city.  The group was divided into smaller groups to do work throughout the city.

The Everest group went to Core City Neighborhood on 23rd Street in Detroit, and had the less-than-glamorous assignment of breaking up frozen, rotten potatoes so they could be bagged and disposed of. Following are some of the boy’s reactions to the experience.

“I learned that there are many people who don’t get the things in life that we do, and we need to start helping out in this world,” said Grant Burgess.

JC James said, “I learned that many people are not as fortunate as I am.  Many people need the things that we tend to throw away.”

Conner Wilborn said, “I learned that there are many people in my own community that are struggling. This really showed me what the life of those who are less fortunate is like.”