by Danielle Wagner
WATERLOO (KWWL)-- Sideline seats. Residents from Country View, a long term care facility in Waterloo, got to enjoy a Friday night football game at Columbus High School.
First, varsity players helped unload the bus. Then everyone made their way to watch the action.
Waterloo Columbus football players have visited Country View for seven years.
"We go there twice a year. We play bingo with them one time and we have a carnival or another activity like that," said student Doug Zabler.
On a day when there's no school, the students give up their day off to volunteer.
This year, they organized a casino day, played bingo and invited the residents to sit on the sidelines during the Homecoming game.
"They get to know the residents. They've developed relationships over the years. One was really sad when he left because he realized it was the last time because he's a senior," said Ellen Whitehead with Country View.
"It's just really fun and a good learning experience for all of us," said student Michael Goerdt.
Columbus head coach Aundra Meeks said he wants his players to learn life is about more than x's and o's. He said volunteering is an important part of these young men developing good character.
"You can go help out your community and it's just a good thing overall," said Goerdt.
It's good for the football players, but it also means a lot to the Country View residents.
"It's good for our residents to see young people come in. We've got a couple of them that were Columbus graduates, and they're so excited to see the boys come from Columbus. They have an affiliation and they just like people coming in and spending time with them," said Whitehead.
The Columbus football players encourage others in the community to also volunteer at Country View.
Reporter: Danielle Wagner