Dayton native Marcus Freeman, Cincinnati Bearcats football team join cleanup effort

Dayton native Marcus Freeman, Cincinnati Bearcats football team join cleanup effort
Cincinnati defensive coordinator and Wayne High School alumnus Marcus Freeman was part of the cleanup effort in Trotwood on Friday.

The storms that hit the Dayton area wrought terrible damage — but also great compassion.

The University of Cincinnati football team joined many individuals and groups (including the Bearcats' rivals from Miami University) to lend helping hands this week as a group led by Marcus Freeman made the trip up I-75 on Friday to help clean up debris in Trotwood.

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Freeman starred at Wayne High School before being a three-year starter at linebacker for Ohio State.

Now he is the defensive coordinator for the Bearcats and considered a key recruiter for head coach Luke Fickell.

Dayton area residents are encouraged to volunteer or donate to organizations putting together relief efforts for Dayton and surrounding areas.

For more on how you can get out and help Daytonians impacted by the tornadoes this weekend, click here.