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A helping hand

Mustangs aid in creating disc golf course

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Members of the Midd-West football programs participated in a community service project at Faylor Lake in Beaver Springs on May 1, helping to design a disc golf course on the land surrounding the lake.

BEAVER SPRINGS — Members of the Midd-West football team joined the Snyder County Commissioners to aid in the first steps of building a disc golf course at Faylor Lake on May 1.

The disc golf course, when completed, will be an 18-hole professional disc golf course that is a part of recent improvements in the area around the lake.

Team members helped pour concrete for poles while others aided in cutting wood to assemble tee boxes. Others cleared walking paths at Faylor Lake.

Midd-West coach Lance Adams said that the project was a valuable learning experience for his team and one that he hopes helps with teambuilding and creating a family atmosphere within the local community.

“The project at Faylor Lake helped our team to understand the concept of working and getting no reward or benefit other than the satisfaction of helping others,” Adams said. “The bonds built among the team while working shoulder to shoulder with another teammate is a benefit that is realized from doing a project such as this.”

Like many teams, one of the core values within the Mustangs’ locker room is family.

“As a football team, we talk a lot about being a family,” Adams said. “We want the community to be part of our family. In turn, we’d like to feel like part of the community’s family. If both are true, then family helps family just as we helped the community.”

Numerous players in the middle, junior high and high school programs showed up to work on Saturday and the chance to give back was something that meant a lot to the members of the Mustangs’ football program.“It was a good experience for the team to come out and help the community,” senior Christian Regester said.

“It brings the team closer together, while at the same time we are doing good for other people. We hope to see as many people at the games.”

“It was a great chance to give back to the community,” senior James Troup said. “I’m very happy with the amount of younger kids that showed up, they are the future of this team.”

Midd-West’s Miles Aurand said that the experience was a rewarding one that allowed the younger players coming up through the football program to interact with current members of the varsity football team.

“It was great to come out and help the community, and it was great to see the younger players get to know the older ones,” Aurand said.

The community service project is one of what Adams hopes will be many for his program. The Mustangs don’t currently have any other projects scheduled as of now, but Adams said the team is looking for people in the community that may need some help with yard work and small home repairs.

“The team realizes that being part of a community means being part of something larger than yourself,” Adams said. “In order to achieve that, the team realizes that giving back to a community requires some sacrifice on their part yet hopes that the community feels that our team is at least in part a valued contributor to the overall community.”

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