By Christina Chambers | July 16, 2020 at 7:39 pm CDT – Updated July 17 at 8:21 am
TRUSSVILLE, Ala. (WBRC) – You run six miles a day, but it’s what the Hewitt-Trussville cross country team does after training that has the most impact on the community.
The sound of a lawn mower is something Kent Glover never thought he would hear after cross country training that morning, but for the past two months it has moved him to tears.
“It made me cry one day because that old lady who doesn’t come out every day or every week and cut her lawn because it’s so hot said she was so grateful for us to get out,” said Glover.
When COVID-19 paused everything, the Hewitt-Trussville boys’ cross country team decided to use their legs outside of their running shoes. So they started FLC, which means Free Lawn Care, and together as a team they started mowing the lawns of elderly and disabled people in their community for free.
“It all started with a Facebook post. We set the number to call and told them what we were doing, and within an hour we had called four people. I was shocked, ”said runner Matt Antkowiak.
Since then, the team has mowed more than 30 lawns, cutting an average of two or three lawns a day. Each teammate is assigned a specific task.
“We definitely learned who was trained to mow and who wasn’t, or who cut chords with an edge trimmer,” said runner Will Edwards.
The equipment they use is a collaboration of what they had at home along with a few donations. These guys go the extra mile to offer a free service that changed their lives forever.
“It just goes to show that not everything in the world is bad right now and people like us who have neither a degree nor a diploma can come here and have a positive impact. This is a great time to get closer and learn more from each other and it’s fun. Although it’s a lot of hard work, they are fun, ”said Edwards.
The boys’ cross-country skiing team from Hewitt-Trussville will continue their free lawn service until school resumes.
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