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Waterville football team recognized by NYSSBA for ‘empathy, care and thoughtfulness’


A football team in purple uniforms stand together holding a banner under bright lights in a football stadium.

The Waterville Central School District varsity football team was recognized Oct. 20 by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

The team was presented with a banner recognizing its “empathy, care and thoughtfulness shown by singing happy birthday to (and) dining with a younger student and paying forward a monetary gift to restaurant staff.”

Earlier this year, members of the Waterville football team gathered at a restaurant.

A member of the restaurant staff asked the players if they would sing “Happy Birthday” to a 12-year-old boy at the restaurant.

The football team agreed without hesitation and made the family’s night.

Another patron in the restaurant gave the team $50 to help pay for their meal, because of the team’s act of caring. The team paid it forward, leaving the money as a tip for the meal.

“Your contribution to a positive district and community culture is to be commended and celebrated,” NYSSBA continued on the banner.

“I am proud of the caring culture that our student-athletes and coaches have helped build here in Waterville. This is a great representation of all of our students,” said athletic director Tom Gifford.

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