All-stars tackle Community Connection project

All-stars tackle Community Connection project

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The 29th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game was held on Dec. 29 at The Rock – M.M. Roberts Stadium at Southern Miss.

The Magnolia State’s gridiron stars snapped a 7-game losing streak with a 28-21 victory.

Players spent the week in Hattiesburg preparing for the game on Saturday, but on Friday, they teamed up with the Pine Belt Chapter of Community Connection on a service project.

“Johnny Mims, the head of the Mississippi Association of Coaches mentioned that they wanted to get the players some hands-on community service during the week,” Pine Belt Division Manager Michael Harvey said. “I told him about Community Connection and we began discussing logistics of a project for nearly 100 high school students.”

Richton Local Manager Michael Palmer, the president of the Pine Belt Chapter of Community Connection, reached out to Mims about a pair of projects at Petal River Park and Chain Park consisting of debris cleanup and beautification.

“We take a lot of pride in how Petal River Park looks because two of our employees, Joey Jarrell and Jerry McBeth, were vital in helping get the park established and now sit on the board,” Palmer said.

Mississippi’s players, led by Jarrell, worked in Petal and the Alabama squad, coached by Customer Serviceman Scott Jackson, worked at Chain Park in Hattiesburg.

“The players worked together before their banquet Friday night,” Palmer said. “It was a great opportunity to show these students the impact they can have on a community.