SAN DIEGO -- After attending a leadership conference with the Chargers over the summer, two Saints football players decided they wanted to find a way to make an impact off the field and in the community.
With the 50th Holy Bowl against Cathedral Catholic this Friday, the Saintsmen organized a "Fill the Holy Bowl" food drive, hoping to add to the excitement leading up to the rivalry game.
"At the end of the day they really challenged us to come up with an idea that would really benefit the community," said Noah Dinapoli. "Right away we thought about the Holy Bowl. There's a lot of enthusiasm. We just really wanted to focus that energy and use it towards something that transcends the game."
"There is no better week we could have done it," said Rodney Thompson. "This week all the attention will be on our school and Cathedral so we saw this as a great opportunity to really get the attention to the food drive."
With the help of the ASB, the players placed four large blue bins, one representing each class, on campus. The grade that contributes the most cans wins spirit dress for a week. The Saintsmen say they hope to collect 5,000 cans of food to donate to Catholic Charities and Father Joe's Village.
The football program is one of our strongest programs here at Saints," said Sean Panado. "The fact that they are killing it on the football field and also giving back to the community and showing us how we can do that."
The winner of the canned food drive will be announced on Friday at the Holy Bowl against Cathedral Catholic. You can catch highlights from the game on FOX 5 Prep Blitz on Friday night.