Steinbrenner High football team helps with the “little things” by turning shopping carts

Members of the Steinbrenner High School football team return caddies to their seats.

People who put shopping carts where they don’t belong cause them to end up anywhere, but it takes a team effort to get them back. The coaching staff believes building a winner starts with the little things.

“It kind of works with football because if everyone does their part, we will have good things,” Steinbrenner senior Nathan Staggs said.

They hope these good things start a comeback story. In 2019, Steinbrenner made a run at the state championship. They had a winning culture before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID showed its ugly face and of course our children were separated and since then it’s never been the same,” said Andres Perez-Reinaldo, Steinbrenner’s head football coach.

They knew they had to do something, and they had to do it as a team. The team decided to start with the little things, like always returning their shopping carts. This is the starting point for developing integrity and team culture.

“It shouldn’t be about how many carts you flip, it should be about your character,” said Steinbrenner player Kirby Voorhees.

Their “basket return campaign” is already a winner on social media, and it has gone viral. But that’s not the kind of win they’re looking for.

“It’s not a hashtag, it’s not a TikTok trend or a TikTok dance, it’s really just common sense,” said Steinbrenner running back and special teams coach Austin Dacanay. .

Doing the right thing when no one is watching is a win that leads to even bigger payoffs.

“We got into this to build great students and more to build great men and great people,” Perez-Reinaldo said.

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