Poway High football team unites to help homeless teens

POWAY, Calif. — At Poway High School, the Titans football team always feels the need to do more.

And this extends beyond the realm of practice.

“Bringing the whole team together, bringing the community together, building that friendship, building that sense of community everywhere is hugely beneficial,” senior linebacker Tim Pereira said.

When players learned that they had classmates who deal with homelessness on a daily basis, they reacted.

“It hurts a bit, knowing that there are teenagers maybe my age or even younger who aren’t in a very stable situation right now,” said Maddox Ditalo, senior receiver and defensive back. “It also motivated me to help with this program and honestly I thought it was an act of God for me, not just from the school. But I thought God sat on me and said, ‘You have to help me. Do what you can.'”

Players collected necessities such as toothpaste, soap, shampoo and towels – boxed them – and donated them to ‘Youth in Transition’, a program that helps hundreds of struggling teenagers. served experiencing homelessness or housing instability in the Poway Unified School District.

“We didn’t know who they were, but they are mixed race at our school and some of them could be our friends.” said senior quarterback Dylan Curry. “It leaves a good feeling in your heart to do something great for the community. And it has driven us to make our community a better place.

“Whenever you have the opportunity to change your perspective, especially as a young person, your eyes are opened to how grateful you can be on a daily basis and how important it is to look out for all members of your community. “, said the head of JV. said coach Tahj Haywood. “It’s just their opportunity to get a better perspective on what it means to help those in need and then to be able to achieve that.”

The Titans also added messages of support and hope, and they hope their efforts will bring future classmates and other schools to follow.

“I hope other school districts will join us,” Curry said. “It’s a great cause and I think it will lead to great things in the community and all of San Diego.”

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