The Chester High School football head coach, LaDontay Bell, was nominated by the Philadelphia Eagles for 2021 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award.
Under Bell, the Chester Clippers finished with a 7-4 record, making the playoffs for the first time. But it’s the lessons he’s teaching his students off the field that caught the attention of the Birds.
He and his wife provide bi-weekly meals to the team, who have limited food options, created a special ministry for the players, and was using a van to transport his players to and from school and practice to avoid the dangers of certain neighborhoods.
The van was stolen last year, and he began using his vehicle to ensure his players’ safety.
Bell said he’s been trying to fundraise for a new van and has already raised $10,000.
Next month, Bell will join 31 other nominees to attend the 2021 Pro Bowl in Las Vegas, where the finalists and a winner for the award will be announced.