St. James High School football team takes trip to help others

St. James High School football team practicing during pre-season
St. James High School football team practicing during pre-season

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) One local high school football team is putting in work not only on the field, but also for the benefit of a community in pieces following a major earthquake. Coach Mark Fischer asked the St. James High School football team to bring their work gloves to Virginia to help out the Louisa community.

The August 23,  5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the Louisa community in Central Virginia closed down the county high school, and students haven't been able to return to class since the quake. There are plans for students to start classes Monday, Sept. 12 in mobile buildings.

Thirty St. James football players will be making the drive to Mineral, VA Thursday after school. When they arrive, they will help lift up the morale by cheering on the sidelines for Louisa County High School's football team at their second home game since the earthquake. They will also help rebuild the community by going out and helping to repair damaged homes.

"It'll be a little surreal," said Coach Fischer. "But knowing that community the way I do, it's gonna be pretty neat from the standpoint of their resiliency. They're gonna be, I think they'll be excited to see us. And I know our kids will get a lot out of seeing what they're going through."

Coach Fischer says the football team has received overwhelming support from the Myrtle Beach community. With some even donating money to support earthquake victims. If you'd like to donate, bring your donations to the St. James high school front desk before 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

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