Bethel Park, PA

High School Football Coach Makes His Students Shovel Snow For Their Workouts

Bryan Dijkhuizen

This coach did something good for the neighborhood and made his players work out at the same time.

When Brian DeLallo saw snow falling on Pennsylvania, he immediately had an idea for his workout for the following day. He would run through the snow. His Bethel Park High School pupils were given the following message, which he sent to them.

"Due to expected severe weather, Monday’s weightlifting workout has been cancelled," he wrote in a tweet and email to players. "Find an elderly or disabled neighbor and shovel their driveway. Don’t accept any money — that’s our Monday workout."

According to the article in January of this year, he tweeted that he didn't want the kids to go on the road with this severe weather.

Approximately 40 of the team's players obeyed Coach DeLallo's instruction and braved the bitter cold to perform community service outside in the surrounding area.

Luckily, his students responded in a good way.

He told the paper: "I woke up to texts. They said, 'Hey coach we got three driveways in, heading to our fourth now,'" DeLallo says. "It’s not something where our kids groaned; they did it (and) loved it. I’m lucky to coach in a community that is very supportive of our program and has great kids that really want to be part of something like this."

Robert Klein, a resident of Bethel Park, was completely taken aback by the extent of the gesture.

"Coach DeLallo is a great leader who teaches character first, both on and off the field," Villani says. "While recognized for this one tweet, this is how he always is as a coach, teacher and person."

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