Locust Fork head football coach Chris Musso has his players excited about moving from 4A to 3A this year and there are plenty of things to do to get ready for the upcoming season. Not all of those take place in the weight room or on the practice field. The team’s 39 players have come together under the motto, “God, team, me.”
Musso takes this motto seriously and he also subscribes to James 1:27 to “look after widows and orphans in their distress.” Musso and his players chose two widows, Mrs. Bonnie Reid and Mrs. June Staton, from the Locust Fork community to share his message with. They didn’t just visit; instead, the players and coaches decided to take it a step further and really take care of these ladies’ needs.At Mrs. Reid’s home, the boys got on top of a garage and swept all the pine straw off, then put the pine straw in her flower bed. They built a fence, picked blueberries and blackberries, and even cut limbs off trees. She gave the boys lots of directions, but she was very appreciative of all the hard work.
Musso recalled with a smile, “Mrs. Reid was such a sweet lady, but she was funny too. She got onto the boys for not wearing hats in the hot sun and for not wearing their shirts because they might get sunburned. By the time the boys finished, she told them they could call her Maw Maw.”
“It means a lot toward building character,” said junior Drew Rogers. “It has taught us how important it is to give back to our community. It instills early that we need to put others before ourselves.”
Perhaps one of the most amazing things was that the football team did a full workout before arriving to help. Many teenagers today might have told the coach he had to go somewhere else or that he was too tired to help. But, you won’t find that kind of attitude on Musso’s team.
“Helping in the community, especially if there’s no husband in the house, we need to help these widows,” said senior Lain Terry. “I don’t mind taking hours out of my day. If I need to give up my free time to help someone in need, I definitely would.”
The team’s motto of “God, team, me” has definitely rubbed off on the kids. They are a great bunch of kids, and Musso said this is the hardest working team he’s ever had. Musso is planning to expand giving back to the community to all athletic teams.