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Football Team Pitches in at Harrison 'Souper Bowl'

HARRISON, N.Y. -- A weekend fundraiser turned into 350 cans of soup that the Harrison football team will donate to the local food pantry this week.

Janice Varmon of the Harrison Football Program said the entire project was a touchdown.

"The shoppers were very happy to participate in the drive," Varmon said. "Overall, it was a great experience and the players were very enthusiastic about the event.

Close to 30 of Harrison's football players collected donations outside the Halstead Avenue A&P Supermarket last Saturday afternoon and also received financial donations from residents passing through the shopping mall.

The drive, organized by Harrison Football Coach Art Troilo and the Friends of Harrison Football Booster Club, included varsity and junior varsity players and was inspired by a successful "Pink Out" event last year, which raised money for breast cancer awareness. Troilo said the players enjoyed spending their time together in the off-season and were glad to be helping their local community.

Nina Marraccini of the Department of Community Services in Harrison said she was thrilled to see the team taking initiative to help others.

"I think they're fabulous," Marraccini said. "What they're doing is going to be a great help."

Troilo said he was hoping to do more community activities throughout the year, adding that community service instills strong values in kids and builds team unity.

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