Taylorville teams help clean up tornado aftermath

Taylorville teams help clean up tornado aftermath

The athletic community of Taylorville stepped up to help their neighbors after the tornado ripped through the town Saturday evening.

Taylorville High School's football, basketball, wrestling and baseball teams volunteered to clean up the storm damage throughout the community Sunday.

Other schools from across the central Illinois area offered their help to Taylorville on Sunday afternoon as well.

Head football coach Jeb Odam said he's received so much love and support from fellow coaches and he wants to continue to give back in any way he can.

"I tell you what - the emails I've gotten. The text messages, not only from high school coaches but college coaches, coaches from JFL ranks that I coached with. I'm sure other coaches have received them. It just kind of put things into perspective. We can go to battle on a Friday night and want to win and do the things we got to do to be successful, but in the long run, we're all humans. We all go through tragedies. We can all come together at times like this," Odam said.

The school will not be in session on Monday. Athletic events and schedule changes have not been announced.

Jonathon Yard, Edinburgh's head basketball coach, was also there to help out.