Soldier, back from deployment, drops $2,500 on inner city high school


I’m always a sucker for stories that come from my home town, Boston, but this one is pretty neat.

Andrew Shaughnessy is a 20-year-old kid in the Army for a couple years now. For a month after his recent deployment to Afghanistan, Shaughnessy performed more service, this time as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater, South Boston High School. Like many other inner city programs, Southie High’s football budget is minimal: low four figures, at best, and not allowing for many optional purchases, other than mandatory helmet reconditioning.

Shaughnessy saw this, and he opened up his wallet: he donated $2,500, according to Here’s what Shaughnessy said in the story.

“When you look a team you can see how much more equipment they need so they can be better equipped,” he said. “It was pretty much because they needed more equipment. It’s a way to help keep the program open for future generations; along the lines of giving back to a community that gave so much to me.

“[Donating money] wasn’t the first thing that came to my mind. It was a little later on,” he said. “It was to help out these kids because these kids are trying to do the right thing.”

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