Wildcats Work: Guntersville High student athletes work to give back to the community

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Guntersville High School athletics teams are giving back to the community that supports them with a new school program.

Wednesday is a typical day at Guntersville High School. It's also the countdown to Friday, when it seems as if much of the city of Guntersville packs the stands to watch their Wildcats play football.

This year though, those same Wildcats and other student athletes are working - literally - to give back to their city, with a program aptly called Wildcats Work. "They're basically able to go out into our community and do community service type projects, whether it's picking up trash, or helping the horticulture department spread mulch, or whatever it is," Guntersville High School Principal Roseanne Mabrey says.

Mabrey says in addition to giving back to the community that has been supporting them throughout the years, the students are also getting something for themselves. "It's character building, we feel like," Mabrey says.

The program started this year, and so far it's a win - win, both in and out of the game. "This is a way they can actually give back to those who support them," Mabrey says.

Since the beginning of the school year, the Wildcats Work program has helped with multiple projects throughout the city of Guntersville.