Football team to elderly neighbors: we're here to help

Posted at 5:30 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 17:30:39-04

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The head coach of the Batavia Blue Devils Football Team has a message to anyone who needs assistance caring for elderly family members: we’re here to help.

In a tweet on Sunday, Coach Brennan Briggs said, “I will arrange for myself, as well as members of the Batavia Football team to run errands for those in need. Please do not hesitate to ask for help #BetterTogether”.

In an interview with 7 Eyewitness News, Briggs said he has already received a few responses from people and organizations needing help.

“I was just seeing that we’re kind of in a time of crisis and I know that there’s sort of a state of panic and I wanted our small community to know that our football team as well as myself are willing to help anybody, especially the elderly, who might be afraid to leave the house or anything like that,” Briggs said.

Briggs says former student athletes saw his tweet and reached out to him asking how they can join in the effort.

“Football is a fantastic sport but at the end of the day as a coach and a teacher you’re trying to teach lifelong skills, you’re trying to teach these young student athletes you know how you can make a positive impact in the community, and I think that’s more what this is about. Obviously, being a football coach I have the opportunity to work with a lot of amazing students and athletes and you know they’re willing to help out,” Briggs said.