July 18, 2014
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh football freshmen spent Friday morning at the Mel Blount Youth Home putting on a football clinic for less fortunate youth.
In conjunction with the Cathy and John Pelusi Life Skills Program, Senior Associate Athletic Director of Student Life Penny Semaia organizes this trip every year to give the freshmen their first community outreach opportunity.
"This is a win-win for us because we are giving our time and working with a population that we can inspire." Semaia said. "At the same time, it is giving us the opportunity to teach our student-athletes the importance of giving back and demonstrating the cause for a greater good."
On the land of 300+ acres, the day began by the freshmen breaking up into four groups and putting on an hour-long football clinic. That was followed by a ropes and challenges course, and the day ended with lunch where the freshmen were able to interact with the youth on a casual level.
Started by NFL Hall of Famer and five time Pro-Bowler Mel Blount 26 years ago, his Youth Home is designed to help kids mentally, physically and morally while teaching them to become productive citizens in society. This was the seventh year Pitt has attended Mel Blount's ranch.
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