LUCAS — The Lucas football team spent the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday serving the community.

The winter storm that swept through north central Ohio and dumped several inches of snow Sunday night forced the cancelation of Lucas’ regularly scheduled Monday weight training session. Instead of risking travel on potentially hazardous roadways, coach Scott Spitler had his Cubs break out their snow shovels.

Members of the team cleared more than 20 driveways Monday free of charge, giving back to a community that has always supported its high school athletes.

“Our kids understand we are pretty blessed with the support we get from our community,” Spitler said. “We’ve got some community members who, whether its because of health reasons or age, they could use a hand.

“This is our chance to say, ‘We appreciate all you do for us.’ This is just a small token of our appreciation.”

Spitler, who is fairly active on social media, posted the following message on Monday at his Twitter feed:

Twitter message from Scott Spitler

Community service is nothing new to the Cubs. The football team cleared driveways last winter and is always looking for ways to engage with the community.

Players are divided into eight-man teams and take part in a series of off-season competitions. Those competitions include a community service component.

“We’re always looking for ways to give back,” Spitler said. “The players are put into units in the off-season that are led by the seniors. This is an opportunity for them to take part in what we call the Represent the Call Challenge.

“I told them to take the opportunity to give back to the community.”

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