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Houston HFH: Young athletes make a lasting impression

Student athletes from Division II schools helped out on construction sites in Houston when they weren’t playing softball, tennis, golf or lacrosse in the NCAA spring tournament.

More than 600 volunteers took part in a truly Texas-size build during the week of the 2008 Carter Project in Houston, resulting in 25 houses in various stages of construction.

Ten houses were partially underwritten by the NCAA: Student athletes participating in the Division II spring tournaments—top performers from across the country in softball, tennis, lacrosse and golf—began on-site construction of six homes and built frames for four others that will be completed this month.

During the week, students helped dedicate complete homes with eight families who have made Houston their new home.

“At the tournament’s closing ceremony, family partner Krystal Paul shared with the students how she moved to first to Beaumont after Katrina, then to Houston after Rita,” said Ellen Efsic, development director at Houston Habitat for Humanity. “She expressed how very grateful she was to the students, the NCAA and Habitat for Humanity for helping her rebuild her life in Houston.”

It’s a story that never gets old: A life is changed by a decent, affordable, safe place to call home. And everyone who had a hand in the project is inspired to keep building.

“Much has been accomplished,” said Efsic. “And there is much more to do.”

How to volunteer:
Call 713-671-9993 or visit www.houstonhabitat.org