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Navy players give back to the community

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My story this morning touched on the busy schedules that the Midshipmen—and senior linebacker Clint Sovie, in particular—have as they prepare for the Texas Bowl. But the team still found time to adopt four Annapolis-area families for the holidays. Seniors Ross Pospisil and Osei Asante, the team captains, and junior Kyle Delahooke spearheaded the effort.

Players, coaches and support staff donated more than $1,700, and on Dec. 5—a week before the Army-Navy game—a group of players went shopping and purchased clothes, toys and gift cards for the families. This past Sunday, Pospisil, Delahooke and 10 other players—juniors Jeff Battipaglia, Matt Molloy, Chase Burge, and Mike Sweeney; sophomores Jon Teague, Caleb King and Andrew Sharp; and freshmen Bo Snelson, Tra'ves Bush, and Steve Spada—headed out into the snow to deliver the presents.

"We were trudging through the snow," Pospisil said. "The fun part was we had to park and walk to the houses, because some were snowed in. We helped shovel one lady out of her house, and we helped push other people out of the snow. People were gawking—here were 10 dudes just walking around with presents. It was a good time."

This is the second year in a row that the team has done this; last year, the Midshipmen adopted three families.

"To me, that's a perfect example of this senior class and this group of leaders," Coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "They did this on their own. It wasn't like we said, 'Okay, we need some community service.' I'm amazed by them. The weather wasn't ideal, but it just shows they're great young men."

(photo courtesy of Scott Strasemeier, Navy sports information)

By Camille Powell  |  December 23, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
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