On Friday afternoon at the Jonesborough Senior Center, the David Crockett High School wrestling team found a way to do something outstanding for the community.
“We’re super excited to be here today with almost all of our wrestlers and all week we have been collecting nonperishable food items for our residents in Jonesborough, like seniors or families who are in need during this time,” said Erin Horton, president of the Pioneer Wrestling Booster Club. “We have quite a bit of food to feed several families for several days. We’re really happy about that.
“We’re a huge family and anyone that knows the Pioneer wrestlers knows that and we want to give back to our community that supports us so much throughout our season and every season.”
With help from the Senior Center and a little bit of organization, the team put together a food drive to aid the older folks that may be homebound and unable to go out to grocery stores due to the outbreak.
Fourteen wrestlers showed up and unloaded multiple cars filled with nonperishable food items, canned goods and bottled water. Of course, they all practiced social distancing as well as wearing rubber gloves so they didn’t risk spreading germs.
The season may be in indefinite suspension for all of the area spring athletes, but that does not mean that helping out the community during a time of need stops.
“It’s hard for (seniors) to get out during this time because they don’t need to be out here,” Crockett head wrestling coach Todd Parker said. “None of us really do, but some things just need to be done. Even if some of those seniors do get to the store, half of it is gone anyways. This means a lot because the kids were going stir crazy and I really didn't expect this many to show up.
“We wanted to help the community and when the coaches came together, the idea came up of helping out with the food drive that was coming up.”
When the food drive was completed, Senior Center director Mary Regen and some of her helpful staff gave the Pioneer wrestling team a round of applause.