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Posted on Apr 22, 2019

QHS athletes’ Team Up To Clean Up a smashing success

The second annual Team Up To Clean Up event did itself proud this year, with more athletes gathering more and bigger pieces of trash from the streets of Quincy on April 15.
The event puts the high school’s spring sports athletes to work in different areas of the city, gathering trash in bags and then bringing it to QHS.

Student athletes from almost all the spring sports participated in this year’s Team Up To Clean Up, a teenager-fueled effort to give the city of Quincy a quick touch-up, picking up all sorts of garbage from the streets. The golf team and the Unified Soccer team took first place for picking up the most garbage and were rewarded with pizza.
Photo by Sebastian Moraga/Post-Register

This year’s haul included toilets, typewriters and old tires, with the golf team and the Unified Soccer team winning the day’s award (a pizza) for piling up the most bags.
“Last year we got about 40-something bags (in total),” said tennis coach and event co-coordinator Matthew See. “This year we got over 100 bags, plus the toilet and a mattress.”
He later added, “I wasn’t expecting that much.”
Quizzed whether having more trash collected was a good thing, since it could mean that the town was dirtier, See said this year’s edition of the event had more people picking up trash. Last year, baseball had a game the day of the event; this year they showed up to practice a very different type of pick-off move: off the sidewalk, off the yard, off the parking lots. Same for the golf team.
Altogether, the athletes picked up trash for about one hour. Softball players, soccer players, tennis players, baseball players, golfers, Unified Soccer players – they all donned gloves and carried bags to make the town a little better looking than it was when they woke up.
“We cleaned up our town pretty dang good today,” See said.

By Sebastian Moraga,