The Emory & Henry men's soccer team opened up its season not only on the playing field, but also in the community by helping clear a path for a future recreation trail.
Recently the team helped carve out a section of the 22-mile Clinch Mountain Trail near Hidden Valley Lake in Washington County, Va.
The 20-plus coaches and players helped improve the drainage of the trail by removing rocks and trimming the edges.
Head Coach Travis Fravel says the experience allowed the team members to get to know each other while serving a greater goal.
"Emory & Henry College is a place where service to our community is important," Fravel said. "We wanted to show the region that our team does more than just play soccer; we build character too."
The team spent several hours working in the hot sun, but at of the end the day they say the results were worth their sweat.
"At the end of the trail there was a huge overlook where it seemed like we could see forever," E&H player Heath Culbreth said. "It was beautiful."
To learn more about Emory & Henry athletics, and to see how the men's soccer team is doing this year you can visit www.GoWasps.com.