Venice High School football team score big this Thanksgiving

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Venice, Florida- A group of high school football players score big this Thanksgiving Day with a  game-day tradition off the field.

The Venice High School Football team suits up for a post season game of giving.

"Something we do every year for our community," says Sage Lee, 16, Venice High School football player.

The Salvation Army in Venice is the 50-yard line in this game. Players take their places packing boxes with meals and desserts.

Along the sidelines, volunteers prepare the meals with all the fixings.

"We want them to feel the love we put in the meal," says one volunteer.

The end zone here is getting Thanksgiving dinner to those in need.            

"Our community- they support us every Friday at our football games. It's good for us to give back to them," says Bo Rydecki, 18, Venice High School football player.

Football player, 18-year-old Dane Dabney, and his teammates' play call a run to Villa San Marcos, a low-income housing community for senior citizens on Albee Farm Road.

"On behalf of Salvation Army, Happy Thanksgiving," Dane tells resident Les Vleeschower.  "Thanks a lot I appreciate it," says Les.

The players visit each floor going door to door. Each time they score a touchdown worth endless gratitude.

"I think it's wonderful. I wouldn't have this if they didn't come bring it to me," says Helen Kowalski a resident at Villa San Marcos.

Dane says he feels grateful to have the chance to volunteer. 

"It makes me truly thankful. We don't do that enough- look back at what we're thankful there are a lot things we take for granted every day," he says.

This Thanksgiving the Salvation Army in Venice will have served more than 400 meals- 87 of those hand-delivered by the Venice High School football team.

One resident tells the players, "Keep up the good work. You guys are great."

It's a Thanksgiving game of giving where all the players win.



Isabel Mascarenas

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