Banner Elk, N.C.--The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team had the opportunity to serve the local community on April 17 in coordination with Habitat for Humanity of Avery County. The team's efforts were part of Lees-McRae College's Annual Mountain Day Service. According to Head Coach Renee Lopez, "Every year our team tries to give back to the community who helps us out in so many ways throughout the year. It's great to see our players thinking beyond themselves and working for the community. This year our ladies had the opportunity to help a family in need."
The team met early in the morning and took a short van ride to the house construction site. After arriving at the site, the team was given a brief introduction of Habitat for Humanity and watched a video of the work that has been done in Avery County.
With a new sense of what their efforts meant to others, the team went right to work with excitement to learn something new and make a difference in a family's life. "I learned how to put up insulation in the basement and to brace it against the walls. It was really cool learning new things to help put up a new house for someone in need," stated Freshman Caitlin Smith (Spartanburg, S.C.).
After the day's work was done, the team had a surprise waiting for them. The family the house was being constructed for arrived on site to personally thank the team for all their hard work and efforts. Freshman Aleeshia Fisher (Lenoir, N.C.) exclaimed, "When we were able to meet the family and the young kids told us thank you, it made me feel so good and really showed me how much Habitat for Humanity helps families in need!"
The ride back to campus was filled with stories of new
experiences and sense of excitement over the day's events. There
was a true feeling of togetherness among the team and how their
efforts can have a positive impact in the community. "This would
be something I would like to do again. It was just an awesome day
and to spend it with teammates helping others is just amazing,"
stated sophomore Tiffany Coleman (Centreville, Md.).