Football Assists Local Habitat for Humanity Project

Sept. 11, 2003

A group of 42 Arizona football players helped in the community Thursday morning, busing from campus to a local building site in support of the Habitat for Humanity project.

On the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy, the Wildcats supported 'Building Freedom Day 2003' in lending labor to work on the construction of low-cost homes as part of the local non-profit Habitat for Humanity Tucson program. The current building project is on Tucson's southwest side near the Drexel Heights area.

The football group provided nearly 50 man-hours of work on the visit, part of the school's annual student-athlete total of more than 2,500 hours devoted to community service. The team joined in the Thursday morning work among a total of some 200 local volunteers involved in the construction of 11 new homes.

Sophomore offensive tackle Tanner Bell, who's been out of action so far this season recovering from a knee injury, said, 'It was a lot of fun. I think I missed my calling - I should be a carpenter. I was pounding in nails in three hits. But, some of the guys weren't that good,' he said.

Habitat has built more than 150,000 houses around the world, providing more than 750,000 people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller and began in Americus, Ga. It has since expanded into a worldwide project.

Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.

In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor -- sweat equity -- into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. Volunteers provide labor or donations.

Tucson's Habitat affiliate has built more than 200 homes since its inception in 1979.

UA football players and student-athletes from all 19 sports programs participate in a wide variety of community service projects throughout the year, including role-modeling and substance abuse education visits to local schools, visits to children's hospital wards, participation in Love of Reading projects, fund-raising events for specific charities, among others.

The CATS Personal Development Program coordinates participation in most of the projects and officials report UA student-athletes took part in more than 150 service events, reaching more than 40,000 children and others.

Wildcat Habitat Volunteers, Sept. 11, 2003

Adam AustinDanny BaugherMike BellTanner BellDarrell BrooksPhilip BrownKai CandlerBen di GraziaBiren EalyRyan EidsonNicholas FolkWilrey FontenotKeoki FraserBobby GillPeter GranielloKris HeavnerPatrick HowardChris JohnsonKirk JohnsonSean JonesRyan KilpatrickDane KrogstadKili LefotuPedro LimonJohn MiglianoJames MolinaMatt MolinaRyan O'HaraMatt PadronLee PattersonTom RobinsonReggie SampayGainus ScottEric SheehanZeonte ShermanMarcus SmithClifton StanfordMarquell StinsonAndre TorreyRicky WilliamsJeremy WilloughbyTony Wingate
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