Islander Football Team Helping Out In Pilger

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Updated: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:38:24 CST

As we described here on News 5 at Six Grand Island Islander football coach Jeff Tomlin will take some of his players north to the town of Pilger tomorrow to help that devastated community recover from the deadly tornado of last week.

News 5's Will Sherratt spoke with the coach about the mission of mercy..

"Here with Jeff Tomlin, head coach of the Grand Island football team. you'll be taking your team up to Pilger tomorrow to help rebuild that city in the wake of the tornados. You told me that your players have really come to you about this. What was that like as a coach to have your team approach you about helping out?

"Well it was obviously very gratifying but it didn't surprise me in the least that they would wonder how they could help out and that they would wonder how the people of Pilger are. The kids their own age, the high school football team. How are they doing. Wisner comes to our trench camp every year, Wisner Pilger high school so we have developed a relationship with their kids and we have a connection with their coaching staff, so I think that had a lot to do with it as well but it didn't surprise that our kids would think about how they could help other people.

"Coach, as we both know, sports can so often teach us about life lessons, but what can this trip maybe do for your group, growing up as young men?

"I think it is important to understand that the world doesn't revolve around you. It's not about me. It's about how I can impact and serve other people and if I were in their shoes, if I were going to walk a mile in their shoes, what would I expect. I definitely would want help  cleaning up if we went through something very similar. it would be a very desperate feeling and a very hopeless feeling in a lot of ways and if we can provide a little bit of relief, then, that's what we should do. That's the right thing to do."