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Posted: 12/12/12

Football team given
Steve Spicer award

by MARIANNE WEISS
Observer Special Writer
      The Romeo High School varsity football team has been honored with an award for its charitable activities during the past year.
       The team has been awarded the Steve Spicer Leadership Award by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association (MHSFCA) for the second year in a row.
       "We are honored to accept this award, all four grades helped out," said football co-Coach Jason Couch. "The Freshmen were very active in the can drives and collected change to donate $1,000 to the Willis Foundation."
       The charity, named in memory and honor of Marine Corporal Christopher Kelly Willis, raises money to set up scholarships for children of soldiers who die in battle. Students worked on a number of activities.
       "All four grades went to volunteer at the Susan G. Komen 3 day walk in Livonia back in August, setting up tents and cheering on walkers," said Couch. "Some kids clean up yards and do chores for senior citizens and our watchdog football game in September raised almost $50,000."
       The award will be presented to the coaches at a clinic held by the MHSFCA next July.
       "There are three recipients this year, state-wide," said Couch, who is a graduate of Romeo High school and teaches social studies.
       Varsity football co-Coach Curt Rienas said he was also proud of his players.
       "Every year the MHSFCA has people apply for it and they take the top schools who do community service," he said. "It could be doing anything developing youth programs. It's all about your team giving to others. All of our athletic groups do a great job.
       Rienas said some students have contributed their time to read with kids who are stuggling in their classes while others have helped out at Simpson Park camp.
       Rienas teaches science and physical education at the high school. 
       The award was named after another Michigan coach, Steve Spicer, who died from cancer a few years ago. He was known for continually doing things for other people.
       "The award is in memory of him for schools that go above and beyond for their communities," said Rienas.  
       "This award was given to Romeo because of the effort and contributions that all levels have displayed towards giving back," said Rienas. "I hope all the parents are as proud of their sons as the coaches are. This is wonderful recognition for our program."


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