Two days after Karr picked up its first win of the football season, the team went right back to work.

At 3332 Huntlee Drive, that includes community service.

The Cougars football players spent Saturday morning alongside District C Councilmember Nadine M. Ramsey helping to clean up the neighborhood between Behrman Highway and Tullis Drive.

The pride associated with being a student-athlete at Karr is an intricate responsibility, one that goes beyond the playing field, coach Brice Brown said.

“You can’t talk the talk without walking the walk,” he said. “The opportunity to show the kids how to make their community better has really motivated us, and it allows the community to see they are not just athletes, but young men working and being seen in the community to make it look better.”

“We’re building leaders for tomorrow,” Karr principal Harold Clay said, “by providing community service for today.”

After the first 0-3 start in the school’s history, Karr won its first game of the season Thursday at Behrman Stadium, a 48-0 defeat of Riverdale in the team’s District 9-4A opener.

That victory and the team’s community outreach efforts are equally important, said Brown, who credited Ramsey for giving his players an opportunity to give back and allow his players to develop an appreciation for the folks who cheer them each week.

“The kids really noticed members of the community,” Brown said. “Cars were passing by, and the kids were talking to a lot of the drivers, and they were telling (the kids) how much they appreciated them. I think the kids were in awe to see how much the community really appreciated their efforts and the time they gave up on Saturday morning to do that.

“It’s more of a life lesson: We’re not just football players; we’re preparing them for life.”