Abington Heights athletes give back to community


By Robert Tomkavage - rtomkavage@timesleader.com



From left, members of the Abington Heights Iron Comets training team, Chase Oversteer, John Rama, Christian Orlando, Nate Rader, Quinten Nikle and Logan Lombardo wrap drop-off boxes for a coat drive organized by the group.


Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

The Abington Heights Iron Comets training team conducts service projects throughout nine months of the year. Clockwise, from left, front group, Anthony Duboski, Brandon Hardy, Ryan Harvey, Corey Justave, Nick Kerekes, Ty Newman, Brian Ostrowski, Nate Gronsky and Colin McCreary. Back group, Chase Overholser, John Rama, Brandon Strenkowski, Brenden Orlando, Austin Kohut, Quinten Nikl, Nathan Rehder, Jimmy Burke and Liam Fischer.


Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

Decorated drop-off boxes sit in the Abington Heights field house, ready for delivery to local businesses. The school’s Iron Comets training team, which conducts a different service project during nine months of the year, organized a coat drive in December.


Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

CLARKS SUMMIT — The Iron Comets training team, consisting mainly of Abington Heights football players, began as an offseason conditioning program but quickly became much more.

The student-athletes select a different local charity or event to support through a service project during nine months of the year.

The team, which meets three times each weeks, begins each session with a physical workout then transitions into discussing what they’re doing to help the community.

During November, the group conducted a cleanup at the St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen in Scranton.

In December, they organized a coat and blanket drive throughout the Abingtons. Team members will deliver the donated goods to the Women’s Resource Center, St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen and Geno J. Merli Veterans’ Center, all in Scranton.

They plan to donate socks to the Geno Merli Veterans’ Center in January and volunteer at the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, in South Abington Township, during the month of February.

According to Abington Heights assistant football coach Rob Hivner, the service projects have proved to be a rewarding experience for the players.

“They’ve found that something amazing happens when you give to people who can’t give back,” Hivner said.

Although the students have busy schedules, Abington Heights junior Colin McCreary believes it’s important to make sacrifices for the good of the community.

“You can always make time for others who may be less fortunate than you,” he said. “I think it’s great that our team has come together to do it.”

Junior Ryan Harvey enjoys spending time with friends while making a positive impact on people’s lives in the process.

“I don’t feel like it’s a job, it just feels natural being with my teammates and helping people who really need it,” Harvey said. “It makes the whole team feel great because it’s bigger that any one of us. We’re working together for a bigger cause.”

From left, members of the Abington Heights Iron Comets training team, Chase Oversteer, John Rama, Christian Orlando, Nate Rader, Quinten Nikle and Logan Lombardo wrap drop-off boxes for a coat drive organized by the group.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_TTL-Sports-Service-1.jpgFrom left, members of the Abington Heights Iron Comets training team, Chase Oversteer, John Rama, Christian Orlando, Nate Rader, Quinten Nikle and Logan Lombardo wrap drop-off boxes for a coat drive organized by the group. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

The Abington Heights Iron Comets training team conducts service projects throughout nine months of the year. Clockwise, from left, front group, Anthony Duboski, Brandon Hardy, Ryan Harvey, Corey Justave, Nick Kerekes, Ty Newman, Brian Ostrowski, Nate Gronsky and Colin McCreary. Back group, Chase Overholser, John Rama, Brandon Strenkowski, Brenden Orlando, Austin Kohut, Quinten Nikl, Nathan Rehder, Jimmy Burke and Liam Fischer.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_TTL-Sports-Service-2.jpgThe Abington Heights Iron Comets training team conducts service projects throughout nine months of the year. Clockwise, from left, front group, Anthony Duboski, Brandon Hardy, Ryan Harvey, Corey Justave, Nick Kerekes, Ty Newman, Brian Ostrowski, Nate Gronsky and Colin McCreary. Back group, Chase Overholser, John Rama, Brandon Strenkowski, Brenden Orlando, Austin Kohut, Quinten Nikl, Nathan Rehder, Jimmy Burke and Liam Fischer. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

Decorated drop-off boxes sit in the Abington Heights field house, ready for delivery to local businesses. The school’s Iron Comets training team, which conducts a different service project during nine months of the year, organized a coat drive in December.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_TTL-Sports-Service-3.jpgDecorated drop-off boxes sit in the Abington Heights field house, ready for delivery to local businesses. The school’s Iron Comets training team, which conducts a different service project during nine months of the year, organized a coat drive in December. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

By Robert Tomkavage

rtomkavage@timesleader.com

Reach Robert Tomkavage at 570-704-3941 or on Twitter @rtomkavage.

Reach Robert Tomkavage at 570-704-3941 or on Twitter @rtomkavage.

comments powered by Disqus