Spring cleanup has started early for the Peninsula Youth Football League.
The league began a new series of cleanup sessions Monday around Gig Harbor by weeding the planters at Maritime Pier.
The cleanup is part of the organization’s goal of engaging their athletes with the community and create a sense of civic pride.
Coach Vincent Sheets is supportive of the community service for the league’s athletes.
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“Community service is important for all kids,” Sheets said. “(It) gives them a sense of pride in their community.”
He believes that kids who participate in park cleanup and civic beautification projects are less likely to commit vandalism because of the sense of pride and responsibility volunteer work instills.
The league has been in the Gig Harbor community for years, Sheets said, and is looking to branch out further into public awareness.
“We’re just a bunch of people that want to help out the kids and help out the community the best we can,” he said.
The league has been working with the city of Gig Harbor to find volunteer areas that are appropriate for the athletes to complete and will continue the partnership in bigger projects, Sheets said.
The league is a coed group for grades third through eighth. Registration for the 2016 season begins in April on the league’s website at www.peninsulayouthfootball.org