Sacramento high school football players clean the field

When the Sacramento Charter High School football team shows up for practice, they sometimes have to pick up the dogs. This is one of the many disadvantages of having older terrain. Some people think the football field is a dog park. But it’s not. Today, a former player is giving back to his community by starting a fundraiser to improve the grounds at Sacramento’s oldest high school. “We don’t have much so we have to work harder than other teams,” said 16-year-old junior running back Lamar Radcliffe. Radcliffe and other varsity and junior varsity players showed up Saturday morning to clear the grass pitch, filled with weeds and crabgrass to prepare it for seeding. “We improvise. We improvise a lot here,” second Isaiah Newton, 15, said. The stadium hasn’t changed much since Julius Douglas played football here nearly 15 years ago. I’m going to do something about it,” Douglas said. Douglas got tired of waiting on the sidelines, so he stepped up the game and started a fundraiser on the pitch. “It’s a bit awkward, all the other schools have grass, good locker rooms,” Douglas said. “It’s a bit hurtful.” Coaches and players cram into a tiny classroom in a pod and use it as a locker room. The land, filled with potholes, is surrounded by a dirt road. There is also only one set of bleachers for the fans. “They don’t even sit there,” Radcliffe said. “They just come here with their own chairs.” He said playing on the pitch and not having upgraded equipment is unfair and disadvantageous to the team. The team scored when Douglas, 33, made a bold move in his own life. He admits he made some serious fumbling off the pitch. “I turned my life around and came home, running in my community.” Douglas created the Players project. This is not only to improve sports facilities, but also to advance players to victory after graduation. “I see myself going to college,” Newton said. Class of 1993 graduate Ben Solinsky heard about the Saturday cleanup at his alma mater. “That says a lot about their school spirit,” Solinsky said. He traveled from San Diego to lend a hand. “The team is coming together. The community is coming together, volunteering their time,” he said. “These boys deserve a nice place to train and play. It’s a very good football team. The Dragons went 9-3 last season. Douglas said he just showed up on a Saturday for team work, the football team already has a win this season. “They’re proud of it. They’re all here, the joint venture and the university, they’re proud of their field,” Douglas said. Douglas created a GoFundMe to raise money for the upgrades. He said Sac Charter High School is the only one without a grass pitch.

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When the Sacramento Charter High School football team shows up for practice, they sometimes have to pick up the dogs. This is one of the many disadvantages of having older terrain.

Some people think the football field is a dog park. But it’s not. Now, a former player is giving back to his community by starting a fundraiser to make improvements to the grounds of Sacramento’s oldest high school.

“We don’t have a lot so we have to work harder than the other teams,” said 16-year-old junior running back Lamar Radcliffe.

Radcliffe and other varsity and junior varsity players showed up Saturday morning to clear the grass pitch, filled with weeds and crabgrass to prepare it for seeding.

“We improvise. We improvise a lot here,” said Isaiah Newton, 15, a sophomore.

The stadium hasn’t changed much since Julius Douglas played football here nearly 15 years ago.

“The pitch has been the same since I played and I thought, ‘I’m going to do something about it,'” Douglas said.

Douglas got tired of waiting on the sidelines, so he stepped up the game and started a fundraiser on the pitch.

“It’s a bit awkward, all the other schools have grass, good locker rooms,” Douglas said. “It’s a bit hurtful.”

Coaches and players cram into a tiny classroom in a pod and use it as a locker room.

The land, filled with potholes is surrounded by a dirt road.

There is also only one set of bleachers for the fans.

“They’re not even sitting there,” Radcliffe said. “They just come here with their own chairs.”

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He said playing on the pitch and not having upgraded equipment is unfair and disadvantageous to the team.

The team scored when Douglas, 33, made a bold move in his own life. He admits to having made serious escapes off the field.

“I didn’t graduate because I got in trouble with the law. I was on the streets, doing gangs. I hung out for that,” Douglas said. “I turned my life around and came home, running in my community.”

Douglas created the Players project. This is not only to improve sports facilities, but also to advance players to victory after graduation.

“I see myself going to college,” Newton said.

Class of 1993 graduate Ben Solinsky heard about Saturday’s cleanup at his alma mater.

“That says a lot about their school spirit,” Solinsky said.

He traveled from San Diego to lend a hand.

“The team is coming together. The community is coming together, volunteering their time,” he said. “These boys deserve a nice place to train, to play. They are a very good football team.”

The Dragons went 9-3 last season. Douglas said he just showed up on a Saturday for team work, the football team already has a win this season.

“They’re proud of it. They’re all here, the joint venture and the university, they’re proud of their field,” Douglas said.

Douglas created a GoFundMe to raise money for the upgrades. He said Sac Charter High School is the only one without a grass pitch.

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