DH Conley football players skip practice to help with Florence recovery

NEW BERN, NC (WITN) Just a few miles away from Downtown New Bern a local football team was hard at work on a field, but they weren't practicing for an upcoming game.

Instead, football players from DH Conley High School decided to skip practice Thursday evening and instead help clean debris in New Bern left behind after Hurricane Florence.

Players first took a tour of the city to see the destruction first hand and to see how their volunteering would make a difference. The boys then headed to Lawson Creek Park where they picked up wooden posts and other debris that was washed in during the storm due to flooding.

According to city officials, the waste they picked up would be collected by contractors hired by the city and disposed of.

"Coach Connor contacted our office earlier this week and said, hey look, we're not playing football this Friday night, we want to come to New Bern from Pitt County to do something to help your community," said Matt Montanye the Director of Public Works for the city, "So over the last couple of days, I've worked with Coach Connor to get this set up, and we've got the boys out here doing anything they can to help the city of New Bern get back together."

The Viking's varsity team wasn't the only group from the school lending a hand, however. The Junior Varsity football team also was out helping with cleanup at the Stanley White Rec Center.