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Georgetown Football's Preparation For the Field Matched by Work in the Community

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Members of the Georgetown football team have been putting in the work to get better on the field throughout the summer. I spoke with RB Chance Logan last week, who has been training with an NFL-playing relative during the lockout, as he prepares for the 2011 season. It is hard to walk through Yates Field House without seeing at least two guys putting in the time to help the Hoyas reach that next level. Kenny Furlough stopped through the office a week or so ago to update his roster bio and was excited for this coming season.

Earlier today, I posted a story about Dustin Wharton setting world records at the NASA Powerlifting Nationals a few weeks back, along with his father. Here is video of the performances, its impressive: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSrljzafb3I

But in my opinion, the most impressive thing that the Hoyas have been doing this summer has less to do with training and more to do with displays of character.

Members of the Georgetown football team have been putting in the work to get better on the field throughout the summer. I spoke with RB Chance Logan last week, who has been training with an NFL-playing relative during the lockout, as he prepares for the 2011 season. It is hard to walk through Yates Field House without seeing at least two guys putting in the time to help the Hoyas reach that next level. Kenny Furlough stopped through the office a week or so ago to update his roster bio and was excited for this coming season.

Earlier today, I posted a story about Dustin Wharton setting world records at the NASA Powerlifting Nationals a few weeks back, along with his father. Here is video of the performances, its impressive: CLICK HERE

But in my opinion, the most impressive thing that the Hoyas have been doing this summer has less to do with training and more to do with displays of character.

"Wednesday's Child" - WATCH VIDEO

Very early in the summer Head Coach Kevin Kelly, and rising seniors Wayne Heimuli and Andrew Schaetzke woke up early to spend time with a young boy T.J. for part of NBC Washington's "Wednesday's Child" program. The above video is only a little over two minutes long, but the guys spent several hours playing catch and talking with a child whose dreams of playing football likely hit home with the two Hoya stars. Heimuli arrived first with a gift (the gloves you see T.J. wearing in the video) and Coach Kelly and Schaetzke provided other gifts and encouragement. Coach Kelly even invited T.J. to participate in one of the Hoyas summer camps and for a chance to comeback and visit with the team during the 2011 season.

"Janne Kouri and Next Step Fitness"

Former Hoya defensive tackle Janne Kouri (C'97), who was featured on ABC News in back in 2009 for overcoming his own spinal injury and trying to help others with his program "Next Step Fitness" (nextstepfitness.org), was announced as a finalist in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program, a program that awards deserving non-profit organizations.

"Chris Paulus in Team Red, White & Blue" WATCH VIDEO

Recently, the Today Show featured former Hoya Chris Paulus, who has been working with wounded combat veterans to help them compete in road races. Paulus has given his time in several roles to help show gratitude for all that these combat veterans have given to the United States.

"Sgarlata, Patenaude and Kolt at Lauren's First and Goal Camp" - CLICK FOR FULL STORY

Each season, since joining the Patriot League in 2001, Georgetown and Lafayette square off on the field. Though for the last few seasons Georgetown football coaches have volunteered time to assist at Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp to raise money for pediatric brain tumor research. A few weeks ago Defensive Coordinator Rob Sgarlata, Offensive Coordinator Dave Patenaude and offensive line assistant Alex Kolt traveled to Easton, Pa to help tutor a camp record 1,800 high school student-athletes, which helped raise $80,000 toward the cause. 

With over a month left until the football team returns to the Hilltop current players and alumni continue to do things for the betterment of their community. I will look to post more of those instances throughout the summer here on the GUHoyas Athletic Blog.

Make sure to follow Georgetown football on twitter at Hoyas_Football for more frequent updates!

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