Newsmakers: Pitt Football's "Clean Team"

Issue Date: 
April 15, 2013

A Big Score for the Community

About 80 Pitt football players and coaches joined with community organizers from Pittsburgh’s Hilltop Alliance for a March 23 clean-up. The football team “wanted to do team building through a community-service project. We discussed this with the City of Pittsburgh mayor’s office and we selected South Side neighborhoods because the Pitt football administrative and practice facilities are located in that community,” said John Wilds, assistant vice chancellor for community relations. The crew members divided into groups, and they tackled litter in empty lots and random debris in the neighborhoods of the South Side, Knoxville, Beltzhoover, and Allentown. The impressive tally for the day: 244 large bags of litter, four additional truckloads of loose wood and building material debris, and 55 discarded tires.