Stepinac Athletes Choose Making a Difference in Community

Did you hear it was Stepping Out Day at Archbishop Stepinac High School on Wednesday?

Stepping Out Day is the one day during the school year where teachers organize several trips for students to choose one for their day’s activity. It could be a day of golf, bowling, an afternoon at a Broadway show or attending the Mets-Giants game — as some students did.

However, Athletic Director/Football coach Michael O’Donnell and guidance counselor/assistant football coach Ken Barger did something a little different this year by arranging for students to rebuild a home for two families through Habitat for Humanity in Westchester County. Seventeen students took part in this project with 14 being football players.

“The kids had a great time & learned a lot about using tools & operating equipment,” O’Donnell said in an email. “But they get to spend time together & build relationships. As coaches you really find out a lot about kids when you spend an eight-hour work day with them you might never know before.  At end of day you could see how proud they were for accomplishing unbelievable tasks & giving back to the community. They also learned how hard of a trade building a house is & they all went home a little sore.”

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