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Football players led helping hand in Greene recovery effort

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Osage junior Chris Schneider spent a day out of school on Monday. Schneider and his Green Devil football teammates took the day off to help with storm and flood recovery in Greene.

“We got a text from coach saying he wanted some of us to help clean up the mess they had,” said Schneider, “A lot of us said, ok, we'll go help them.”

Schneider wasn't alone. Nearly 130 players from Osage, West Fork, and Riceville put on their work clothes and then put in the work to help out a rival.

“This is phenomenal,” claimed North Butler head football coach Travis Miller, “We can't say enough about those teams that are here and the help that they're giving us.”

For West Fork football coach Eric Gabe, a native of Greene, seeing the damage the storms and floods inflicted was personal, and he jumped at the chance to help out.

“It's a real pride thing for me to bring kids back to my home town that gave me so much and just be able to pass on some of those traits that I received from Greene on to them,” said Gabe.

Every player helping in Greene did so because they wanted to. The trip wasn't mandatory, but the coaches said they had no problem getting guys to show up.

“We brought basically the entire group,” said Gabe, “and they were excited to come.”

For Chris Schneider it was just the right thing to do.

I though it'd be nice to help people that are having trouble. To help get them back up.

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