Photo courtesy of Ley Fletcher
NEWLAND, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College men's and women's cross country teams pitched in for some community service earlier this month at the Gilmer Retreat Center of the Avery County Habitat for Humanity.
The student-athletes assisted with cleaning bunks, organizing cabinets and pantries and helping to clear out the building's attic area. The Center is used to house out-of-town volunteer groups who work at the Avery County Habitat for Humanity on furthering their mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope in Avery County.
In a letter to the teams, Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Cox stated "The quality and speed of the work the teams completed was impressive! The teams worked so quickly and accomplished so much more than I anticipated, and for that we are all so grateful!"
"Having our team work a service project for the Habitat for Humanity of Avery County was a very rewarding experience and great team bonding exercise," said head cross country and track and field coach Ley Fletcher. "Our athletes got to see the reward in giving back to families in our community that are not as fortunate as themselves. They also learned after that hard day of work how fortunate they are to have the opportunity to go to college and participate in varsity athletics as many in our community do not. I feel we have made a tight bond with the staff at the Habitat of Humanity and we look forward to helping them with other community projects in the future."
"Volunteering for habitat for humanity gave the team a great opportunity to grow together in an environment that endorsed and encouraged compassion," said freshman Brianne Heard. "It was an eye opening experience which allowed each of us to develop our sense of gratitude and motivated many of us to look into more opportunities to reach out and impact our community."