Cypress Ridge football team assists veterans in service project

The Cypress Ridge High School football team recently participated in a community service project to assist local military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The Rams’ players and coaches spent that Saturday working on projects at Camp Hope, a facility located at 9724 Derrington Road in Northwest Houston that provides interim housing for PTSD-affected veterans in a caring and positive environment.

The football team pitched in by hanging sheet rock, cleaning storage sheds, building a dam around a septic tank and various other assorted jobs.

“It was really amazing to watch them work together, problem solve and do some things they have never done before,” says Gary Thiebaud, Cypress Ridge head football coach and athletics coordinator.

Operated by the PTSD Foundation of America, Camp Hope opened in 2012 in Houston. Staff members provide counseling, job placement, transportation, and peer support group integration to help enable healing from the effects of PTSD.