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Habitat for Humanity and NCAA kick off soccer championships with build

ATLANTA (Dec. 7, 2007) –Dozens of student athletes are partnering with Habitat for Humanity and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to help build a house during the Division I Women’s College Cup, Dec. 7, in College Station, Texas.

Student-athletes from Texas A&M and other nearby schools will construct a frame for a home near the soccer fields where the championship games will be played. The frame will be part of a house for a family whose home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The house will be located in the Bryan/College Station area where the family has relocated.

The build in College Station is part of the NCAA Home Team, the NCAA’s national response to the devastation caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This three-year, $2.5 million partnership with Habitat for Humanity has helped nearly 20 families rebuild from the Gulf Coast storms, with more than 800 student-athletes volunteering on the builds at numerous NCAA championships.

“Thanks to Habitat’s partnership with the NCAA, families devastated by Hurricane Katrina now have a safe, affordable place to call home,” said Trish Burk, executive director of Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity. “This build is a wonderful way to get the student athletes involved while also showing everyone who attends the Division I Women’s Cup how they can make a difference with Habitat for Humanity. “

"Through the NCAA Home Team partnership, the NCAA has committed to aid the rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast. Part of that commitment also focuses on helping displaced families rebuild their lives in other areas. We are excited that we and student-athletes are able to assist a family here in College Station in conjunction with the Women’s College Cup,” said Kristin Fasbender, NCAA associate director of championships.

The next NCAA Home Team build will be in Nashville, Tenn., on January 11, when the NCAA membership will convene for the 2008 NCAA Convention.

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 1,200 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit http://www.ncaa.org and http://www.ncaasports.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.

About Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity
Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Founded in 1989, Habitat has partnered with over 140 families, 600-plus people, to build a simple, decent, and affordable home of their own. Once the homes are completed, families purchase them at cost through zero-interest twenty to thirty-year mortgages. For more information, please visit www.habitatbcs.org.

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 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.