Coach Mike Bargas, Chuck Perry, Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger and player Mac Collins, left to right, unload a truck of household good for Tammy Gavel. Bargas and Mensinger took the opportunity to teach the kids about voluntering time in the community. (Courtesy Beth Collins, Daily Pilot / March 29, 2013)

The Estancia High School football program helped an alumna move this month.

Tammy Gavel, a Costa Mesa resident and Special Olympics gold medal winner who graduated from Estancia in 1978, needed help moving from one apartment to another that was five miles away.

Her parents are 74 years old and couldn't help. So Estancia football Coach Mike Bargas and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger took an opportunity to teach the football players about volunteering.

The players met at the E-Football Training Center at 9 a.m. March 16 to start the day with doughnuts, orange juice and muscles.

After four hours of non-stop packing and moving, Frank and Diane Gavel brought pizza and water for the hungry players, and with tears in their eyes, expressed gratitude for all they did.

BETH COLLINS, the sister of Tammy Gavel, is a 1980 Estancia High School alumna.