PHOENIX – A South Phoenix elderly woman received an act of generosity from an Arizona sports team.
The Rattlers, Arizona’s arena football team, were off the field and in the community giving back Saturday.
“This is fabulous. When I heard it was the Rattlers, I was like, ‘Are you serious?’,” said Marva McGraff, the homeowner’s daughter.
Marva McGraff and her siblings stood by and watched as the team repainted their 91-year-old mother’s South Phoenix home. Her favorite color is yellow.
The Rattlers spruced up the little house as part of Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun, a network that will repaint 150 senior citizen’s homes next weekend.
“It feels awesome. That’s what we preach at Arizona Rattlers,” said Nick Davila, the Rattlers’ quarterback. “If we can give back, that is a great thing to do.”
Davila and his teammates will paint the home just in time for the elderly woman’s birthday on Sunday.
Davila, a new dad, said the players want to be good role models.
“We’re not only football players, we are human beings as well,” said Davila. “We care about team we play for. With great power comes great responsibily.”
The team effort will transorm the home.
Their act of generosity means a lot to the family who said they couldn’t afford to re-do the home on their own.
“Every little bit helps,” said McGraff. “It’s great they are doing this, it’s wonderful.”