Pay It 4ward: Highland HS football team gives back by helping with yard work | KOB 4

Pay It 4ward: Highland HS football team gives back by helping with yard work

Patrick Hayes
August 13, 2018 10:50 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A local football team is working overtime by mowing lawns and cleaning yards.


The team is doing it for donations, but Highland High football coach Phil Lovato said it’s teaching the players some valuable lessons on and off the field.

“We have struggles in this area. Everyone knows that and it’s kind of a little secret—a known secret," Lovato said. "They need to know to be proud of your neighborhood and who you’re with, and if it means cleaning a yard here or there, helping somebody with something, do it.”

On Monday, Becky Kostelecky, a local teacher, told KOB that the boys recently cleaned her yard and now she wanted to pay it forward.

"They're not even asking for money," she said. "They would appreciate it and they work very hard and so this is great we can give them a little more."

During practice, Kostelecky and KOB gave Lovato $400 which the team said they will use for food and equipment.

“I just wanted to tell you and your team how much you're appreciated and how much the work that you are doing is really making a huge difference in our community," Kostelecky told Lovato in the surprise.

Lovato told KOB he felt “blessed” by the recognition.

"You know that's amazing. This whole process was never about this stuff; just giving back to our community," he said. "You know, I grew up in this community. These are my people."

If you’d like to help the football team or donate, contact Lovato at


Patrick Hayes

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