Monroe Lions football players rake senior citizens’ yards

The Monroe Lions eighth grade football team cleaned up three homes of seniors — and had fun doing it.

MONROE, CT — Three senior citizens had free fall cleanups of their yards when members of the Monroe Lions’ eighth-grade football team showed up to their homes with rakes on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Lions Head Coach Ray Kobza partnered with the Monroe Senior Center to coordinate the cleanups.

“We wanted to show our appreciation for generations before us,” Kobza said. “It’s not easy to be the biggest. It’s not easy to be the fastest. But it’s very easy to be a good kid.”

After going 4-4 in 2019 as sixth graders and 1-4 in 2020 as seventh graders, the Lions were on a roll, going 7-1 in their final year as Lions, before a tough loss to rival Newtown on Nov. 7.

“We had 16 kids last year and are up to 30 this year,” Kobza said. “It was quite a challenge early in the season teaching the game to 14 new kids, but the kids have been coachable and bought into the program. They’ve grown tremendously since their first scrimmage back in August. I could not be more proud of them.”

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