La Marque–Wednesday morning, the La Marque football team took time away from the practice field to try and brighten the day of others in the Texas City/La Marque community.
With the Holiday Season coming up, the Cougars and their coaches decided to hold a food drive benefiting the less fortunate, On Tuesday, the team came up with idea so that they could instill pride in the community in ways other than their accomplishments on the football field.
“It’s not all about football, it’s about giving,” said La Marque head coach Darrell Jordan. “Those kids felt they should open their hearts and give back to the community.”
At 8 a.m. the team gathered at the La Marque Aid and Guidance Center just down the road from the school, collecting food items such as canned goods, fruit pouches, cake mixes, and other non-perishable food items.
“This feels better than winning a game,” said junior quarterback Emanuell Williams. “Knowing you can give back to the community and those who don’t have is a good thing.”
For senior offensive lineman Kelvin Joiner, it was a chance to help those who are currently in a similar situation as one he once had to endure.
“It feels good to give back because I grew up in a home where [our budget sometimes] made things hard, so it feels good to give back to the kids who are less fortunate,” he said.
The team helped conduct the event for two hours and took what they had collected from various members of the community with them as they left to practice on Hitchcock’s turf field in preparation for their game against Dayton Saturday at Tully Stadium.
After returning to campus at 2 p.m. for weight training, Jordan, assistant coach Brent Lartigue, Joiner, Williams, and junior wide receiver Brian Allen all went to donate the food to charity so that the items may be used to feed needy families during the Holiday Season.
“It feels good to give back to the homeless and those who are less fortunate than we are,” said Allen.