Thanks to COVID, there have been no outside games on the 2020 calendar for St. Mark's football. Still, the team has not been inactive. Heading into Thanksgiving break, the St. Mark's football players have been collaborating with the Worcester Boys and Girls Club to sponsor a Coat Drive.
The team is looking for new and gently used coats for young people ages 8-18. "The colder weather is coming," said co-captain Jake LaMalva '21 (at left) in a message to the School community. "This is a huge need as this COVID-19 pandemic has hit families really hard."
Donations of "like-new" condition coats will be accepted through Friday, November 20. Donors are asked to please put them in a tied plastic bag. The drop off box will be located just inside the main campus front tent on the quadrangle.
"COVID-19 has affected everyone, but the economic fallout from this pandemic has really hurt low income families and small business owners," says Head Coach Anthony Figueiredo. "This is a great way to give back to a community in need."
The St. Mark's football team has been practicing four days a week, including intrasquad scrimmaging. "We trained hard and every position got better," says coach Figueiredo. "We got a ton of work in, we had a lot of fun, and it was all done in a safe way." At least five of the Lion seniors hope to be playing football in college: the four captains—Bobby Bartlett (St. Lawrence), Jake LaMalva (Hamilton), Jeremiah Ojeah (Kenyon), and Jacob Silvester (Springfield)—along with Prince Nuamah (Colby).
Right now, however, there are just a few days left to DONATE COATS