Shelby Middle Football Team Honors Veterans in Community Service Project

Shelby Middle Football Team Honors Veterans in Community Service Project
Posted on 02/07/2021

Author: Jessica Dulin

Football Player Writing Letter to VeteransIn January, the Shelby Middle School football team showed their respect for Veterans as they wrote letters for Hospice patients who have served in the military to thank them for their service.

Each football team member wrote a letter to a patient and also attached a star from a retired American flag to the letter. These letters were then handed out to the patients via Hospice staff members.

"In our program, we are well aware of what's going on in our country's social and political climate and we talk about how it affects not only our family, but our community,” said Justin Bowden, Head Football Coach at Shelby Middle School. “I want my players to be leaders and role models both on and off the field. Hospice gave us this great opportunity to grow as a program"

The team would like to thank Krista Haynes, Patient/Family Volunteer Coordinator at Hospice Cleveland County, for assisting with this project and taking the time to talk to the players about the various other volunteer opportunities offered at Hospice.

This project was aligned with Hospice’s We Honor Veterans program which recognizes the special needs of Veterans and their families within the community. This program provides resources and educational tools to advance its core goals of promoting Veteran-centric activities and increasing access and quality of service for military Veterans within Hospice care.

For more information on the volunteer opportunities with Hospice Cleveland County, visit their website at