East Lake High football coach teaches life lessons on and off the field

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The East Lake High School football team took their talents off the field and into the community this weekend.

  • Coach Bob Hudson tries to teach to his players life lessons
  • Team participated in community service projects this weekend

Head Coach Bob Hudson is trying to teach his team that there are more things in life than playing football so he’s been having the team participate in community service projects around Pinellas County.

“One of the biggest parts of my job is to get these guys to understand all of life,” Hudson said. “Football parts easy, trying to do other things outside of football whether it’s grades or servicing the community.”

The team spent their Saturday painting the boardwalk at the Suncoast Hospice Care center. For some of the team, the project was personal.

"My grandma died in hospice so I just want to give back to the community and be with my friends, build relationships," team member Tupac Blanch said.

Team members said they hope to build relationships by lending a helping hand and hope their good deeds will go a long way.

"I’m just doing it to make me feel good personally that I did something for someone else and hopefully someone will pay it forward," team member Spencer Schmuckie said.

Bay News 9 – local-news

April 24, 2016 |

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