MACON, Ga. – The Mercer football team has been working steadily toward the goal of returning to the gridiron this fall, but this past Saturday the program was able to turn its attention in another important area – giving back.
The Bears concluded their first spring practice season in over 70 years on April 13 and on Saturday were able to evolve their program in another direction. The Mercer football team partook in one of Mercer's LEAP Program (Local Engagement Against Poverty) initiatives to help clean up surrounding neighborhoods near the Macon campus.
Head coach Bobby Lamb, his entire staff and players all took to the streets of Macon on Saturday morning, picking up trash for several hours in what was the first of many community service projects the program looks to contribute to in the coming years.
"We are trying to build this program the right way and doing our part to help the community is just one aspect that will help us achieve that," head coach Bobby Lamb said. "We want our players to realize that playing college football at Mercer involves a lot more than playing on Saturdays."
In addition to the community service project, the Bears hosted their inaugural Youth Day on Saturday. The team welcomed in over 100 local youth to the Moye Football Complex for a day full of games, football instruction and fun.
Current players and coaches guided the youth through challenging obstacles courses and helped instruct proper football techniques.
"The Youth Day was a huge success," Lamb said. "I think it's very important that our program participate in off-the-field activates like these. It was great to have our players so heavily involved and it certainly is a good sign of things to come."
The Bears will have another chance for Macon youth who were not able to attend Saturday's events. On June, 10-12 coach Lamb will host a Youth Skills Camp at Mercer and all kids ages 7-12 are encouraged to register.
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