July 14, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee football team continued Saturday a project in which team members are building a house for a family in need in South Knoxville, in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity and through the community service portion of the team's Vol for Life (VFL) program.
Today, Vol football players completed the house, focusing on installing cabinets and trim in the house while also building an outdoor shed. The project has happened over four Saturdays and began with the freshman laying the foundation for the house. The sophomores subsequently built the walls inside the house, while juniors finished the siding on another Saturday.
With many seniors completing work today, the house will be dedicated next Saturday morning (July 21) with the entire team in attendance, at which point the family will be able to occupy the house.
The Vol football squad completed a similar project in 2011, and the house built by last year's team actually stands next door to the one that was finished today by the Tennessee seniors.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. To accomplish these goals, the organization invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda. Today, it has helped build more than 400,000 decent, affordable houses and served more than two million people around the world.