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NCAA, Habitat, Lowe’s team up to frame home at NCAA Men’s College World Series in Omaha

 

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INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA, Habitat for Humanity and NCAA Corporate Partner Lowe’s will team up to help build a home in partnership with a family in Omaha at the NCAA Men’s College World Series.

Student-athletes and other students from Omaha-area colleges and universities will join volunteers from the NCAA, Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity of Omaha on Thursday, June 14, to frame a home inside Fan Fest, a free, fun-filled interactive fan experience. The home will be framed at the build site and will remain on display through the end of the championship. The home will then be relocated to a permanent location in Omaha.

Future homeowners Ursula, Jarrett, Robert and Alicia Amedee will be on site to help with the build. Ursula and her two younger children moved from New Orleans to Omaha when her sister called and said she needed help. Ursula’s oldest son, Jarrett, was a senior in high school at the time and he stayed behind to live with his grandmother and finish high school. Hurricane Katrina would hit a short time later.

“I was in communication with them the whole time,” Ursula says. “It was a relief knowing that Jarrett and my mother had evacuated and were doing fine.”

“It was shocking,” Jarrett says referring to the first time he saw his school. “Everything was flooded. I was thinking, ‘I won’t be coming back here.’”

Following the hurricane, Jarrett moved to Omaha to join his mother and two siblings. He graduated from Northwest High School last year and recently completed his first year of college at Iowa State University.

Today the family is looking forward to moving into their new Habitat for Humanity home thanks to the NCAA Home Team build at the Men’s College World Series.

This build is part of the NCAA Home Team, which is a partnership with Habitat for Humanity International and is sponsored by Lowe’s, one of the NCAA’s corporate partners and a corporate supporter of Habitat. Through the partnership, more than 1,000 student-athletes and other volunteers have built more than 20 homes for families in need, many in the Gulf Coast region affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

“The NCAA is strongly committed to the Home Team Project and we are proud to again have this important project be a part of the Men’s College World Series in Omaha,” said Damani Leech, NCAA director of baseball and football. “Because Omaha has been such an integral part of this NCAA event, we are especially pleased to give back to the community in this way.”

This is the second build to take place in Omaha during the Men’s College World Series. Last year’s build provided a “house in a box” that was shipped to the Gulf Coast region to be reassembled for a family displaced by the hurricanes.

“This partnership is incredibly important to Habitat for Humanity because of the many resources the NCAA offers,” said Amanda Jedlicka, executive director of Habitat Humanity of Omaha. “The NCAA brings much needed funding and volunteers to aid families in need of housing. They also have a unique reach to America’s youth that encourages them to make a difference in their communities.”

The build in Omaha is also sponsored by Lowe’s, one of the NCAA’s corporate partners and a corporate supporter of Habitat.

“This build combines Lowe’s ongoing commitment to Habitat for Humanity International and the successful relationship we’ve forged with NCAA to help an Omaha family in need,” said Larry D. Stone, chairman, Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “We’re proud to work with baseball fans and local residents together to help a family in need realize the dream of homeownership.”

About the NCAA®
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 380,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaasports.com for more details about the association, its goals and members, and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official Corporate Champions—AT&T, Coca-Cola and Pontiac—and the following elite companies as official Corporate Partners—DiGiorno, Enterprise, The Hartford, Lowe’s and State Farm.

About Habitat for Humanity of Omaha
Founded in 1984, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha builds or renovates homes in an effort to eliminate poverty housing and make suitable housing a matter of conscience and action in the community. To date, they have constructed or rehabilitated more than 200 homes in Omaha. For more information, visit www.habitatomaha.org.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s is a proud supporter of Habitat for Humanity International, American Red Cross, United Way of America and the Home Safety Council, in addition to numerous nonprofit organizations and programs that help communities across the country. In 2006, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded $15 million to diverse organizations across the United States. Lowe’s also encourages volunteerism through the Lowe’s Heroes program, a company-wide employee volunteer initiative. Lowe’s is a FORTUNE® 50 company with fiscal year 2006 sales of $46.9 billion and has more than 1,400 stores in 49 states. For more information, visit www.Lowes.com/community.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.