Football team gives back to community

By JOSH COTTON

jcotton@timesobserver.com

The Warren community supports the Warren Area High School Dragons on the football field each fall.

Last Friday night was a time for them to give back.

With Warren General Hospital seeking to overhaul the appearance of RehabWorks, 17 players, and several coaches, of the Warren Area High School football team pitched in at RehabWorks on Friday to paint a base coat as part of the work.

Jim Loree, WGH Community Outreach Specialist, said that they are hoping to add a “sports look” to RehabWorks.

For the high school ages, Loree said that each school in the county will be offered the opportunity to come in and paint their logo on the walls of the rehab facility.

RehabWorks manager Dan Grolemund said that an additional wing will feature professional and collegiate memorabilia.

Loree added that the overall theme is “Athletes through the Ages,” highlighting the athletic endeavors of people of all ages.

“(It is) great to see the boys reach back to the community that supports them,” said WAHS Head Coach Greg Latimer. “Warren General Hospital has been a supporter of Warren athletics. We are more than happy to return the favor.”

Loree said that WGH hopes to complete the facelift by the end of the school year.

“I’m excited,” he said, noting that the process has been ongoing for some time. He said WGH appealed to the art departments of the local schools to develop the concepts for the various panels.

He added that the project provides an added benefit in their attempt to get “everybody to be involved.”

George Lilja, corporate director of marketing and development at WGH, thanked the athletes for their help in “trying to get a true sports clinic in Warren. This is the first step in bringing the whole county together.”

He said their turnout on Friday was an “awesome testament” to them.