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Millikan Football Gives Back During Bye Week

The562’s coverage of Millikan athletics in the 2022-23 school year is sponsored by Curtis Boyer.

During any football season, bye weeks are a great opportunity for teams to rest, study future opponents, or maybe add some new wrinkles to the playbook. For the Millikan Rams, they also took the opportunity to get involved in the community and offer their time at local elementary schools.

The Rams made three different visits to local schools during last week’s bye week, spending time with students in the classroom and on the playground.

“That’s what I’m about, and that’s what I want my team to be about. It’s not about what we do, but it’s about what we do for others,” said Millikan head coach Romeo Pellum. “In the past we’ve always wanted to give back, whether it’s for Thanksgiving or going to schools. We’re blessed, so let’s go bless others, and let’s help the kids and encourage them to be able to do better.”


The latest installment of this community outreach, which the program calls #RamsInTheCommunity, started at Dooley Elementary, where Rams players read books to kindergarten students.

Next, a few more players visited Barton Elementary where they played basketball with the students. During their last stop, players got to hang out in a kindergarten class at Newcomb Academy while helping with various crafts and activities.

Pellum said it was a rewarding experience for his players, and for the students they were able to visit. He plans to set up more events like this in the future, especially with the holidays coming up.

“It's bigger than football,” Pellum said. “I mean, the kids love it and the schools want us to come back, the kids want to go back and more kids are asking ‘Can I go next time?’ You know, it's just great. We have some other events coming up, plus obviously we're going to do some things for Thanksgiving. So, it's just all part of the process.”

The Rams will play their final regular season game this Friday night at Cabrillo before advancing to the postseason.

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Tyler Hendrickson
Tyler Hendrickson was born and raised in Long Beach, and started covering sports in his hometown in 2010. After five years as a sportswriter, Tyler joined the athletic department at Long Beach State University in 2015. He spent more than four years in the athletic communications department, working primarily with the Dirtbags baseball program. Tyler also co-authored of The History of Long Beach Poly: Scholars & Champions.