Pa. high school football coach tells players to shovel for neighbors instead of workout

Once the snow was in the forecast, head coach Brian Delallo tweeted the announcement to his players.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022
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Bethel Park High School football players traded weights for shovels in their Monday morning workout.

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- A high school football team near Pittsburgh was told their weightlifting session was canceled, but their workout - which now involved shovels - was not.

Bethel Park High School football players typically meet in the workout room at 9 a.m. when school is closed, but when a snowstorm barreled through the neighborhood earlier this week, their practice moved outdoors.

Once the snow was in the forecast, head coach Brian Delallo tweeted the announcement to his players:

"Due to expected severe weather, Monday's weightlifting workout has been cancelled. Find an elderly or disabled neighbor and shovel their driveway. Don't accept any money - that's our Monday workout."

And the players quickly followed Coach Delallo's new workout plan.

Delallo said first thing on Monday morning, his players were texting photos of each other clearing driveways, one after another.

"It's great to see the kids buy-in and get out there. They'll shovel all morning and then, hopefully, they'll go sled-riding in the afternoon and get to be kids," Delallo told affiliate WTAE.

"It is nice getting out here at helping the community," said Braedon Del Duca, a guard and tackle on the team. "We love to do it for everybody that we can."

Del Duca said this was their chance to thank the community for their support all season.

Colton Pfeuffer, a wide receiver and safety, said he and Del Duca realize just how much of this workout change was helping everyone when they knocked on one specific homeowner's door.

"She was excited. She asked how much it was. We said, 'It was free of cost,' and she was all excited and thankful for it. It was just nice to see that," Pfeuffer said.

That homeowner said she will pay it back by donating to the school's football program, adding to their lesson.

"It's about community. We talk about in our program all the time, so this is another chance we have to go out and interact with our community in a positive way and show them that they're important to us," Delallo said.

After his original tweet became headline news, Coach Delallo sent a follow-up message, saying it received "much more attention than we ever expected" and giving credit where credit is due.

Delallo tweeted, "I must give any credit for the idea to Jeff Metheny, who was Head Football Coach at Bethel Park for 25 years before me. We are simply carrying on 1 of the many great traditions he established. Thanks, Coach Metheny!"