Gulfport students serve community as Shrimp Bowl approaches

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - To kick off the 2011 High School Football Season, students in Gulfport and Biloxi are bringing back the Shrimp Bowl Classic. The event, started in 1941, hasn't been active on the coast for quite some time.

To celebrate the return, students from Gulfport High are participating in community service activities leading up to the big day. One group of students stopped by the kitchen at Feed My Sheep Monday.

"We had a group of ladies that came and donated their time to give back to our community of Gulfport," Basketball Coach Owen Miller said. "They served food to people who are having hard times."

But the support didn't stop there. After serving meals, the students volunteered to help the organization clean. They also got a chance to meet the people they were serving.

"I always hear that if you do good things, eventually it will come back to you," student Aubrey Kartz said. "Plus, just knowing that some people don't have what we have, it's just more of a reason for why we should help."

School leaders say merging service with excitement for the return of the Shrimp Bowl just makes for an all around good feeling.

"Athletics and academics and community service all go together at Gulfport, and we'll be together throughout the community in Gulfport doing this for the community," Miller said. "We'll have different groups at Feed my Sheep this week. And, you know, when you do for others, it gives you a warm feeling inside, and I think these ladies felt that."

"When they look at you and said, 'God bless you,' it just makes you feel really good," said Alicia Hobbs.

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