OXFORD, Ind. (WLFI) — At the start of his tenure as Benton Central head football coach, Andy Standifer gave his players wristbands with a motto on them.
The green and yellow bands read, "Be Better Today than YOU were Yesterday."
Standifer says that the slogan is a mantra his players should carry with them off the field as much as they do on it.
"Every day in life if you're better today than you were yesterday," shared the new coach. "Whether its giving back to the community, helping out at home, being a good son or daughter in your household...every day you can be better."
Standifer brought the Bison football team to the Lions Club in Oxford with that same goal: giving back to the local community.
On Saturday, BC players from all grade levels pitched in to rebuild bleachers ahead of the Dan Patch Community Festival Rodeo. The Rodeo has not been held there since the 1990's, according to event coordinator Ashley Bice.
Bison players placed boards all along the new stands, under the direction of a small group of coaches and parents. Senior center Will Harman shared that it was nice to see all four grade levels working on the project.
"You've got kids that have been in the program for four years, and then you've got the first year members putting in the same amount of effort," said Harman.
Standifer has been planning to run this event for the past four years as an assistant coach. After his promotion to head coach this summer, Standifer finally put his plan in action.
"It isn't always about football," said Standifer. "This is a way that they can work together as a team and build the camaraderie within the team and get together to do things outside of football."
More information about the Dan Patch Community Festival and Rodeo can be found on the organization's Facebook page HERE.