A group of local high school players is putting the pros to shame with a unique community service project. All the kids had to do was accept a challenge. NBC 7's Derek Togerson reports on the Rancho Bernardo High School football team and their project Team Red, White and Blue.
NFL players do a bunch of community work, but a group of San Diego high school athletes is raising the bar.
All the kids had to do was accept a challenge: if they wanted their letter they had to compete in a community service.
"If life, sometimes you've gotta do things that are more important than just yourself," said.
It's a concept embraced by the U.S. military. So the Mustangs' latest community event pays homage to Team Red, White and Blue -- and the wounded warriors.
"They want these events to represent the struggle that the veterans go through on a day-to-day basis," said.
So the "Athletes and Advocates Team Challenge" was born. It's a run on the RBHS track that starts Saturday night at 6 p.m. and ends at 7 a.m. the next morning.
The saving grace for members of the football team who've signed up is: it's a relay race. So they signed up in teams of 12, each one running for an hour and getting a great excuse to stay up all night -- not that they needed an excuse for a cause like this.
There's room for more teams of runners, but even if you don't get on the track, you might want to show up and simply watch.
"I think it'll be a night that, if you participate, you'll never forget it. I really do," said "I think it's a chance to get out here and, there's going to be some wounded veterans running around and, I think, for the community to see some of these parapalegic guys run and just make it happen, I think it's going to be an amazing experience."