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Northeastern football players, coaches visit elderly patients in Elizabeth City

Around a dozen player and coaches went to homes

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Members of the Northeastern football team visited two assisted living facilities in Elizabeth City Sept. 6.

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Friday, September 14, 2018

Members of the Northeastern football team visited elderly patients in Elizabeth City on Sept. 6.

The group went to Kindred Care and Winslow Memorial Home.

Northeastern head football coach Antonio Moore said that it was the first time that members of the football team did such a gesture.

“Since I have been here, we have had a real good following,” Moore said. “There are a lot of people that can’t make it to the games.”

Many of the people that can’t attend the games listen the local radio broadcast.

“They really don’t get a chance to see the players,” Moore said. “It was a good opportunity for us to go out there and see the elderly and the sick and shut-in so they can see who they are listening to on the radio.”

The coach added that some in the facilities are lonely and are away from their families.

“We wanted to bring the team there just to talk to them and be company with them,” Moore said.

For Moore, it was an opportunity to do something for others and help the community out.

“Do something that is meaningful for these kids so when they get older, they can understand how it feels to be in that situation,” Moore said.

At least a dozen players along with coaches took part in the visits.

Moore noted that many of the players that took part in the visits were not aware of those in their community were sick or shut-in.

The football team got an apparent positive reception.

“I guarantee you that those kids thought that they were in the NFL,” Moore said.

The coach added that the residents were glad to see the Northeastern players and the residents were asking about the team.

According to Moore, some of those players were not aware that they had family members in the facilities.

For the longtime NHS coach, the visits were good for all involved.

“It put things in perspective,” he said.

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