YSU athletes join community cleanup

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Youngstown residents were out on the West Side Saturday morning to clean up a city street.

The West Side Citizens Coalition hosted volunteers to clean up Mahoning Avenue.

Over a dozen volunteers battled morning rain drops to pick up trash, pull weeds and sweep sidewalks.

Members of the Youngstown State University Athletic Department were also helping out. YSU Athletic Trainer Todd Burkey said the event is a great chance for athletes to get into the community that supports them.

“They need to become a part of the community because they are Youngstown now,” said Burkey. “Whether they are from Texas, Florida, Cali, wherever they are from, they are Youngstown now. For them to make that connection to the community just generates general pride in the city.”

After cleaning up, volunteers were given a light lunch at Strikers Bowling Alley on Mahoning Avenue.

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