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By Steve Breazeale
The Dana Hills football players are used to playing on the green grass of the gridiron but on June 22 they found themselves on the bocce ball court.
Ten Dolphins players, along with head coach Todd Rusinkovich and assistant Joe Morris, teamed up with the organizers of Irrelevant Week in Newport Beach to help construct and run bocce ball activities at the event, which honored the last pick of the 2013 NFL Draft and benefits the Special Olympics.
Dolphins players showed up in the morning and helped hammer home nails in wooden beams to build the bocce ball courts. After completing the project, each player was paired with a Special Olympics teammate to play games. They were instructed by Dana Hills graduate and Special Olympics bocce ball champion Joseph Gorin.
“All the players thought it’d be a really good idea to help out,” Dana Hills junior Ray Moslehi said. “It was awesome and a good experience.”
After they got their turn at playing, the Dana Hills students served as bocce ball officials for the rest of the afternoon.
Moslehi and several other Dana Hills students have now decided to sign up with Special Olympics and help with coaching and assisting at the Laguna Hills Community Center, where the local affiliate meets and practices.