Cactus Shadows High School Football Falcons attend Nick Lowery’s Champions for the Homeless

Part of the Falcon Football philosophy is to give back and help our young men grow into productive societal members. The football parents organized a group of players to attend Nick Lowery’s Champions for the Homeless. The Falcons had over 40 football players and families attend this amazing opportunity. 

Tandehl Collentine-McLean, CSHS Athletic Director said, “Cactus Shadows is proud of all of our student athletes and the time they spend volunteering in the community. The football team has always done a great job of serving the local community and giving back whenever they can. Coach Mike Hudnutt is all about growing these young men not only as players but as people and teaching them valuable life lessons on how they can help others.”

The players made food packages for the men and women that were being honored. The team helped make and pack over 1,000 bags with peanut butter sandwiches, chips and water for the attendees to take along with them.  

Jim Swetter, Principal said, “I truly love when our student-athletes give back to the community.  So happy to see our Football team helping those in need! What a great example they have set!”

The boys then greeted and helped serve this awesome group of people and then helped bus the tables when they were finished eating. Some of the boys scooped up ice cream for dessert and handed it to each person while having conversations with them. 

Coach Hudnutt said, “As a dad and coach I feel that these kinds of opportunities are important for us to grow as a person. I was proud of these young men and my own son whom I took with me, to dig right in and serve others. I believe that the boys that attended learned some valuable life lessons, one being that they have it pretty good and need to appreciate what they are privileged to on a daily basis. Some have already asked when the next opportunity will be to serve others.”

Coach Hudnutt continued that he is not only proud of his players and families, but he is blessed to serve as their coach in such a great community. 

Cactus Shadows High School is an A+ School of Excellence and a World Class High School for the 21st Century. For more information, contact Mr. Jim Swetter, Principal, at or visit