PCC football helps out the community

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Wide receiver Aaron Fanning (left) & Defensive lineman Adrian Releford (right) read to children at Brichta Infant and Early Learning Center. (Photos courtesy of PCC Athletics)

by DEANNA SHERMAN

The Pima Community College football team took time during their bye week to give back to the community of Tucson Sept. 25.

The Aztecs were all around town visiting and helping the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson (Steve Daru Clubhouse), Brichta Infant and Early Learning Center and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

“It’s something we do every year,” head coach Jim Monaco said. “It’s part of something we think we should be doing…paying it forward to the community.”

When visiting the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson both the athletes and coaches played in fun, organized activities, such as dodgeball, arts and crafts and mentoring and speaking with the children.

“Everyone did fantastic. The kids were mesmerized. One even asked if a player had swallowed a horse, he’s so big,” said Monaco.

At the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona the athletes got a work out on their bye week, putting their muscles to use, helping to move boxes and an assortment of other heavy things.

Offensive Line coach and Recruiting Coordinator Dan Linden was the man who orchestrated the whole day of valued fun for the whole team and the participating organizations.

Monaco praised Linden’s initiative.. “I have to thank coach Linden who put together and organized everything.”

It’s safe to say that the Pima Aztecs will have karma on their side when they go to play Arizona Western College, Sat. Oct. 3.

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Defensive Back Da’Quavious Brown (;eft) and Tight End Eric Dedrick (right) play foosball at Brichta Infant and Early Learning Center.

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