AMERICUS, Ga., (June 19, 2006) – As part of the NCAA’s Home Team partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, approximately 30 volunteers will frame the interior and exterior walls of a Habitat “House in a Box” on Friday, June 23, at the Durham Western Heritage Museum in Omaha, Neb., during the 2006 NCAA Men’s College World Series. The house frame will then be shipped via semi-truck to Thibodaux, La., where it will be fully constructed for a Habitat family displaced by last year’s hurricanes.
The NCAA and Habitat for Humanity® formed its three-year “Home Team” partnership last year to raise money and provide volunteer labor to assist in the long-term rebuilding efforts in the Gulf coast areas. To date, the NCAA has committed $2.5 million to the NCAA Home Team Partnership. Division II provided a lead gift of $1 million.
“Our colleges and universities and conferences, along with many of our 360,000 student-athletes, have been involved at the local level in hurricane relief since the destruction first caused by Hurricane Katrina,” said NCAA President Myles Brand. “The NCAA is lending its national support to the long-term hurricane relief effort through this important partnership with Habitat for Humanity® International.”
The NCAA Home Team partnership has primarily consisted of Habitat’s Operation Home Delivery “House in a Box” homes. During an approximately six-hour build, volunteers construct the interior and exterior walls of a home. The walls are then shipped to the Gulf Coast region for final construction and permanent placement.
There have been NCAA Home Team build sites at several NCAA championships, including the Men’s Final Four (Indianapolis), the Division I-AA Football Championship (Chattanooga, Tenn.), the Division II Men’s and Women’s Swimming Championships (Indianapolis), and a build in Knoxville, Tenn., in conjunction with the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction weekend. Plans have been made for several future Habitat builds in conjunction with future NCAA championships and the annual NCAA Convention.
Aside from special activities occurring during with NCAA championships, a recent NCAA survey of member colleges, universities and conferences found that 358 institutions reported total financial assistance of nearly $7.5 million for hurricane relief. One-third of schools and conferences that responded indicated they plan to partner with Habitat for Humanity® in the future.
“This partnership is incredibly important to Habitat for Humanity because of the many resources the NCAA offers,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer for Habitat for Humanity International. “The NCAA brings much needed funding and volunteers to address the needs of families displaced by the hurricanes. They also reach out to America’s youth and encourage them to make a difference. Best of all, the NCAA will carry this message over the next three years,” Reckford said.
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 Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .