New Albany News

NAHS junior organizes cleanup crew for Classic

New Albany High School junior Ryan Wilson has taken his football coach's advice to heart and organized 40 volunteers to clear the grounds after the 15th annual New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix and Family Day on Sept. 23.

"Coach Mark Mueller puts an emphasis on giving back to the community and volunteering," Wilson said. "It's just one of the many volunteer efforts we do as a team."

The Classic is held on the estate of Leslie and Abigail Wexner in New Albany.

Volunteers will take out all trash, break down tables, put away chairs and take down tents, Wilson said.

"We do the dirty work so it doesn't look like anything ever happened there," he said.

Last year, Wilson worked with the volunteer crew organized by Conner Hinson. Hinson graduated last year and Wilson wanted to carry on the tradition.

Twenty-five people helped last year. Wilson has enlisted 40 volunteers, all of whom are members of the varsity and junior varsity football teams.

"Basically, it's sophomores and up," he said.

Wilson said last year it took them more than two hours to clear the grounds. With more volunteers, this year he said it might go faster.

Wilson said the students can use the time to fulfill service hours required by New Albany High School.

Students must be able to show they have completed 24 service hours before graduation.

-- Lori Wince