From left to right: East Carolina men's basketball Paris Roberts-Campbell, Terry Whisnant, and BJ Tyson work on the siding of a home with Habitat for Humanity on July 17, 2014. (Aileen Devlin/ The Daily Reflector)
July 18, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina University men's basketball team volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, helping build a house in a neighborhood near the University on Thursday.
"Habitat for Humanity is an organization that does a lot for Greenville and Pitt County," Director of Basketball Operations Kyle Robinson said. "The Pirate Nation supports our program all season long so it is good to be able to give back to the community. It was a great team bonding experience for our guys and something we look forward to doing again in the future."
The team split into several work groups, helping in various areas of the home. As a whole the team helped with the putting on siding, while also assisting with framing and a variety of other tasks.
"It's great to give back to a community that supports us so much," said rising sophomore Caleb White. "I actually had a lot of fun being out here with my teammates and getting some things done. I'm from the country, so I'm used to this. My grandfather used to make me use the hammer a lot back in the day.
"Working together here helps us form the close knit bond we need going forward."
Habitat for Humanity of Pitt County's mission is to transforms lives, families, and the community through building affordable homes while creating opportunities for responsible homeownership. Habitat homeowners pay interest-free, no-profit mortgages, which are used to build more Habitat houses. Because houses are principally built with volunteer labor, mortgage payments are affordable for low-income partners.
"We have been looking forward to this all week," said redshirt sophomore Marshall Guilmette. "The heat was pretty tough and it was a lot of hard work, but it was also loads of fun. Since we are a two semester sport, we only get a few opportunities each year to serve the community and we try to make a big difference on those occasions."