NFL, Habitat for Humanity kick off Super Bowl Blitz Build in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, La., Jan. 26 - It's a kickoff of another kind as Habitat for Humanity International and the National Football League work together to help build a house with a New Orleans family in need during the week of Super Bowl XXXVI.
"When NFL players and Habitat volunteers build a home with a family who needs a simple, decent place to live, everyone wins," said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. "Together, we can all tackle the problem of poverty housing, one family and one house at a time."
The first-ever Habitat for Humanity Super Bowl Blitz Build is at 1836 Mandeville, in the St. Roch neighborhood of New Orleans. Players and coaches are raising the first wall of the home today at 10 a.m. Several NFL players, as well as Sen. Mary Landrieu and State Sen. Lambert Boissiere, Jr. are scheduled to be on hand Saturday morning at the event, known locally as the Super Bowl St. Roch Initiative.
The Brooks family of New Orleans will join the players and senators in building their own Habitat house. Clara and Malcolm Brooks, who have three children, were required to complete several hundred hours of "sweat equity" by working on the houses of other Habitat families. Because they do not own a car, the Brooks rode the bus for more than an hour each way to reach the build site on Saturdays. The family currently is living in a three-bedroom house on which they pay $500 a month in rent. When they move into their NFL Habitat house, those payments will be cut nearly in half.
Miami Dolphins' cornerback Sam Madison said it feels good to work on a Habitat for Humanity home. "We are in the position to help, and someone having a new house, that's a real important thing. That changes their lives," Madison said. "That's what keeps you coming back."
NFL Charities donated $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity International to build the Brooks' home. NFL Charities, created in 1973, is a nonprofit organization created by the member clubs of the National Football League to enable the clubs to collectively make grants to charitable and worthwhile causes on the national level. Since its inception, NFL Charities has made more than $45 million in grant commitments to more than 250 different organizations.
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.