MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The University of Montevallo men’s basketball team donated their time and a helping hand to the Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity program on Saturday March 27th. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing ministry that revitalizes existing homes, but most importantly builds quality, affordable houses for those in need. Their central aim is to encourage family stability and promote self-sufficiency, while endorsing educational achievement and responsible citizenship.
The team, as well as several members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and staff, had the opportunity to meet and help Bertha Watts and her two grandchildren, Cordero (17), and Mariah (13). Bertha is a retired nurse who is the primary caregiver of her two grandchildren. A member of More Than Conquerors Faith Church of Birmingham and enjoys spending her golden years praying, cooking, reading, shopping, and spending time with her grandchildren of whom she has high hopes.
The men’s basketball team and SAAC members installed vinyl siding, roof shingles, insulation and volunteered four hours of their Saturday.
“It was perfect weather on Saturday for us to get out there and climb on the roof,” said junior basketball player Chauncey Thompson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Notre Dame). “It is always fun to help people out.”
Habitat for Humanity is one of the student-athletes and coaches favorite community service projects.
“It was a great experience for us as coaches to get out there and help ourselves, as well as the team members,” said graduate assistant basketball coach Grant Urbanski. “It really makes you feel good to know that what you are doing is contributing to someone else’s happiness.”
The men’s basketball team followed in the footsteps of the men’s soccer team and the women’s basketball team who have also made a difference to deserving families by working with Habitat for Humanity.
“It was a great experience and great to see the student-athletes helping out,” said SAAC advisor and assistant athletic trainer Jennifer Kramer. “I think it made an impression on the student-athletes to step back and look at what we had accomplished once we were done.”
Quotes from other SAAC members in attendance:
“It was a lot of fun working with the other athletes and helping a family in need,” said junior women’s volleyball player Kara Zawisza (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline). “It was a great experience and I would love to help out with Habitat for Humanity again.”
"I really enjoyed this experience,” said junior women’s volleyball player Rebecca Dowd (Dothan, Ala./Providence Christian School). “Working together with new people to help a needy family was a great way to show our support in the community. This is definitely something I would want to do again.