Kapaun football team volunteers at area nursing home

Football players at Kapaun Mt. Caramel spent Friday with residents of Sandpiper Healthcare and Rehabilitation.(KSN Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – On what’s normally a day off for students at Kapaun Mt. Carmel, the school’s football team decided to spend some time giving back.

They decided to help the residents of Sandpiper Healthcare and Rehabilitation.

“The coach said there were gonna be about 40, but I think there’s about 75 out there so we’ll get all of our to do list knocked out for our event on Saturday,” said Meredith Young, Sandpiper Healthcare and Rehabilitation.

On top of all the physical work, there was plenty of fun taking place within the facility.  It included playing games and making signs.

“We always wanted to sleep in and just relax on a day off, but it’s nice to come here and help out with people who can’t get out and so it’s fun to play with them and hang out with them cause they don’t normally have people to hang out with and it’s good to keep them company,” said Connor Shank, Kapaun student.

The residents there agree that the students are a pleasant addition to their daily routine.

“We need that contact, and we don’t have enough contact from the outside really, not that we don’t get out with our families or whatever, but then it’s very private, but when the kids come in, it’s just lovely,” said Marty Cotton, resident.

“It’s not all about football. Most of these kids are gonna grow up and go into different fields than football, and we want to show them how important it is to be a part of their community, where they can help out and show how this older generation and stuff can use their help and gets true enjoyment from them being here,” said Tyler Cahn, Kapaun.

And that lesson is one that has stuck with the students.

“It’s been nice to really give back, I mean they give so much to our community so it’s nice to give back to them,” said Shank.

The group is helping with the trunk or treat event at the Sandpiper Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center on Saturday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.