Sunday, June 26, 2022
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Last weekend, the Coeur d’Alene High boys varsity and junior varsity soccer teams gave back to the community by volunteering with a local foster family through Village of Hope, CDA. The boys worked together to take down fences, rake brush into burn piles, carry barbed wire and years of other debris to clean up the property. 
Team manager, Erin Wyatt said they took their cue from seeing the Viking girls soccer team volunteer the previous weekend. “It gives the boys a different perspective of everyday life when they see it through the lens of someone else,” she said. “I’ve never seen a nicer group of young men give up their own time to help someone else. They made the work fun, never stopped laughing as they used old saws they found on the property to cut down fence posts and took turns with sledgehammers to see who could knock things down the fastest. At one point, they found half of a bowling ball and it quickly turned into a scavenger hunt to find the other half. There was something very innocent and endearing in the boys as they found their youthful playfulness in the project.”
Coeur d'Alene varsity coach Braden Ridgewell got down in the dirt with the boys as well, hauling trash and readying burn piles. “I am proud of the boys for coming out as a team to help within the community, this was a very good experience for them,” he said. He said he has a very special group, mentioning that the older boys watch out for the younger boys on and off the field.
Some of the boys moms came out to help as well. “Even as adults, we get wrapped up in our own lives and don’t always see other people in need. It was a proud moment to work side by side with our sons and lead by example,”  Wyatt said. “We have committed as a team to do various volunteer activities throughout the season, it is a tradition that will keep going for the program and will get handed down from year to year.”
From left are coach Braden Ridgwell, Isaac Fritts, Max James, Nate Simon, Keaton Gust, Maddox Le, Nathan Pulsipher, Kason Pintler, Chet Hanna, Nate Wyatt, Liam Martin, Jackson Nickel, Benjamin Crabb, Garrett Scheuermann, Nolan Ludwig, Steven Ball, Evan Lowder, Ashton Fredekind, Landon Cotant, Markus Noble, Logan Haynes and Cooper Prohaska.

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