D’Ar­can­gelo, Rams on a mis­sion

Spring-Ford pair ben­e­fits from mis­sion trip to Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic

The Phoenix - - SPORTS - By Sam Ste­wart sstew­art@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Sa­muel_Ste­wart7 on Twitter

He spent nearly a week this sum­mer in the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic build­ing homes for the less for­tu­nate in the lands out­side of San­ti­ago.

Now, se­nior nose guard Ben D’Ar­can­gelo is still see­ing con­struc­tion, this time with a Spring-Ford football pro­gram that is look­ing to mesh to­gether af­ter a two-week stretch has left the Rams with a 1-1 record and a date with Dis­trict 3 pow­er­house Wil­son played Sept. 8.

“We def­i­nitely have a lot of room to im­prove on with re­gards of know­ing our stuff, know­ing what we need to do,” D’Ar­can­gelo said. “I think, be­cause we have a young team, we don’t un­der­stand the im­por­tance of film and mak­ing sure we know our stuff. We have the phys­i­cal abil­ity to do all of this. Men­tally is where we’re lack­ing with the mesh of all these new guys com­ing to­gether. I think we’ve been able to mesh more, we’ve been able to have that drive. We just need to have that up­beat tempo that we had in the past.”

D’Ar­can­gelo speaks from ex­pe­ri­ence: the more work the Rams put in, the greater their re­wards will be. It’s tried and true and was ev­i­dent dur­ing his stay near the heart of the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic with team­mate Alex Shirley, who both went on a mis­sion trip with their youth group at Christ Church of the Val­ley to build homes for those with­out them. Ar­du­ous would be too light of an ad­jec­tive to de­scribe the work the duo put in. Three days of hand mix­ing con­crete, lay­ing the foun­da­tion, rais­ing walls and fin­ish­ing work were tax­ing, yet highly re­ward­ing as they got to in­ter­act with the cul­ture that sur­rounded them,

“The work ethic that we had to have down there was im­mense,” D’Ar­can­gelo said. “Alex and I were viewed as the guys down there. The lead­ers were like, ‘Hey these guys are the big­gest and strong­est guys we have there, we have to put them to work.’ We worked 10-hour days, haul­ing ce­ment, brick, sand, rock. Our lead­ers would as­sign us tasks and we would be un­su­per­vised and we’d go out and do it, help out the com­mu­nity around us.

“We were in some re­ally poor ar­eas and it was re­ally ful­fill­ing to see these fam­i­lies be able to have their own home. It re­ally put things into per­spec­tive. The more that you put into some­thing is what you’re go­ing to get out of it. You want to work hard for those fam­i­lies and for God, who we were there for. If you want to work hard for them and for God, you can truly ac­com­plish any­thing.”

Spring-Ford stu­dents Ben D’Ar­can­gelo, left, and Alex Shirley, right, vis­ited the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic this sum­mer to help build homes as part of a mis­sion trip with the youth group of the Christ Church of the Val­ley.

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