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January 3, 2013

Local student-athletes help with festival clean up

CHICKASHA — The Chickasha High School Booster Club and a handful of student-athletes spent the morning after New Year's Eve unlike many others. Rising early and doing manual labor in order to help their community, this small of group of Fightin' Chicks spent countless hours taking down Christmas lights in Shannon Springs park from the annual Festival of Light celebration that ended the day prior.

"This is the first year the Booster Club has been involved with the Festival," said Chris Mosley, president of the Chickasha High School Booster Club. "As teams, we were looking for fundraisers that were constructive and good for the community."

Five local businesses, Mosley explained, offered to help the Booster Club and the Festival of Light, which included Fergason & Young, Mosley Agency Inc., Service Master Medical, Standley Systems and Amy's Dog Grooming.

The student-athletes helped pick up extremely long extension cords and unplugged thousands of lights. In the end, it took the teens about eight hours. These Fightin' Chicks also helped set up the Festival this year, back in November.

According to Mosley. the coaches are really working to mold these young adults into citizens that know how to work hard and give back to their own community.

"Coming from England, it's very dog eat dog. Every person looks after number one," said men's varsity soccer coach Scott Parkinson. "One of the first things I noticed about Oklahomans is that they are willing to help one and other."

Parkinson was named the men's head soccer coach this year after serving as an assistant coach for the women's team over the past two years.

"I want our kids to respect and acknowledge this and hopefully helping others becomes second nature to them," Parkinson said. "As people we tend follow, if these kids can e examples to others then we are on the right track."

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