Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The Sterling Foundation holds the Sterling Boulevard Cleanup quarterly, but the turnout for this latest event far exceeded organizers’ expectations.
As County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio wrote in a recent newsletter, “You never know who shows up for the Sterling Foundation's Sterling Boulevard clean up. Sometimes six people. Sometimes a dozen people and some Sterling Middle School students.”
But when the Patriots football players showed up, nearly 50 strong, the community foundation knew it could cover much more of the Boulevard’s 3-plus miles than they were ever able to before. Every large trash bag brought to the event was filled to the brim, alongside many larger pieces of found debris. The team proudly wore their jerseys while filling up those bags, and many motorists and passerby expressed their gratitude and support during the two hours the student athletes spent making the Boulevard a cleaner place.
The team’s efforts were part of Park View’s new program, Coaches in the Classroom. Coaches in the Classroom, with funding from the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and support from the Athlife Foundation, implements an academic advisor for the team and focuses on the importance of academics, team unity, and community service.