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TCPS athletes volunteer in community

Both football and baseball players from Tupelo Christian Prepatory School in Belden have spent each Wednesday in June volunteering in the community.

Posted: Jun. 28, 2018 10:23 AM

LEE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - Both football and baseball players from Tupelo Christian Prepatory School in Belden have spent each Wednesday in June volunteering in the community.

Foster Yates is a senior at TCPS.

"It's been a great opportunity to bond as a team and to honor God through this, whether we are ripping out carpet or working out here," said Foster Yates.

It's a life changing experience.

Jim Yates is the associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church. Yates organized the community service.

"Today, being at Transformation Ranch, really seeing how God can restore and the choices we make are so important," he said.

The Transformation Ranch, which will house 40 men in recovery, opens in less than two months.

Students are picking up trash, filling a hole around a pump station and removing nails from boards.

The message - seeing a picture bigger than themselves.

Shaune Holiday is a coach at TCPS.

"It's a lot more to coaching than winning ball games, and it's more than players just getting getting on the ball field," he said.

Efforts that are greatly appreciated.

Robbie Gillespie is the director for the Transformation Ranch.

"These young boys are understanding what Jesus is all about and it's putting others first," Gillespie said.

Although this is the final Mission Wednesday, this is certainly not the last. Holiday says they plan to make this an annual tradition.

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