Penn Hills Soccer Coach stops the carry and urges gamers to assist neighbors shovel sidewalks as a substitute – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PENN HILLS (KDKA) – When a winter storm hit the Pittsburgh area on Monday, a high school soccer coach saw it as an opportunity to do something good in the community.

Because the region was covered in heavy snow, many schools canceled classes and extracurricular activities.

Penn Hills soccer coach Jon LeDonne announced on social media that the lift had been canceled due to bad weather.

Lifting is canceled today due to bad weather. Get out and shovel a neighbor’s sidewalk / driveway. @PH_Athletics @phqbclub

– Dr. Jon LeDonne (@Coach_LeDonne) February 1, 2021

After the lift was canceled, LeDonne considered how his players could start their training and do a good deed at the same time.

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He said in a tweet to “go out and shovel a neighbor’s sidewalk / driveway”.

In an interview with KDKA’s Meghan Schiller, LeDonne said the idea came to him while thinking about his neighborhood and the number of people who may have had trouble shoveling.

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He went on to discuss the importance of connecting with the community off the field for his players, and as LeDonne put it, “show them the player under the helmet.”

LeDonne said that a former player gave him a little grief, called him “soft” and discussed the idea that Penn Hills doesn’t have too many days off.


– Panzer (@TankCinco) February 1, 2021

At the end of the interview, he joked that the team’s next training session will likely be warmer and a little more sweaty.

(Courtesy Penn Hills Athletics)

LeDonne took over the position of head coach at Penn Hills at the start of the 2017 season and led the Indians to a PIAA 5A State Championship in 2018 with an unbeaten 16-0 record.

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