Student-Athletes Swing Into Action With Habitat Build

Pensacola, FL--Lees-McRae student-athletes Andrew Walton (Spokane, WA) and Dana Lindholm (Weaverville, NC) were a part of the NCAA's partnership with Habitat for Humanity's project as part of the NCAA DII Fall Sports National Championship Festival. During the festival more than 400 student-athletes helped build six Habitat for Humanity houses for Pensacola-area families affected by hurricanes.

"This is an ideal example of how student-athletes can be integrated into community service projects," said Melody Lawrence, associate director for community relations for the NCAA.

The home-building project is part of the NCAA's three-year $2.5 million commitment to Habitat for Humanity International through the NCAA Home Team initiative. Division II has been especially active in the NCAA Home Team effort, and its leadership has provided $1 million toward the program.

"It was a lot of fun to help build a new house for those families who lost their's due to the hurricane's," said senior Andrew Walton. "They came by to see the work and it made us feel proud to know we were having such an impact on their future."

For the freshman Lindholm, participating in the women's cross country national championships, this was a great way to spend some time in Florida. "I enjoyed this project as it felt like we were a part of something very special," she said. "Knowing the mom and her five children were going to be spending Christmas in the house was a great thrill for me."

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