October 7, 2010
Colorado State's women's basketball players know that they're very fortunate. That's why last Friday, the Rams put on their hard hats, goggles, and tool belts, and went out to help make a change.
Basketball players use teamwork to move lumber while helping build a local Habitat home.
The team volunteered its Friday afternoon to helping out with Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry that is founded on the idea that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Their houses have a reputation of being simple, yet decent and affordable to low-income families around the world.
This house in particular that the Rams helped to build is the first LEED certified home. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green-building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The afternoon was full of jokes and laughter, as well as some hard work and sweat. Each player had her own unique contribution toward the house, whether it was pounding in some nails, cutting and installing insulation, or helping to unload the lumber truck.
The house is expected to take about four months to build, setting its completion date to be sometime around late December.
To date, with the help of more than 1 million volunteers, and $80 million in donations of cash and materials, Habitat has built over 1,000 homes in Colorado over the past 30 years.
To help volunteer to build the house, or other houses being built in the area, visit www.fortcollinshabitat.org.
Contact: Kaitlyn Comiskey