UNCG baseball squad helps kick off university's Habitat for Humanity project
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Members of the UNCG baseball team spent Saturday lending a hand to the university's newly launched Habitat for Humanity project.
The Spartans reported for duty at a little after 7 a.m. on Saturday and spent the day helping to frame a house that the university is building in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. Ground was broken on the project on Thursday, with members of the Board of Visitors and university staffers taking part in the proceedings.
"We've done other community projects before with five or six kids going to a soup kitchen or a few going to help run a clinic at a local Little League," said UNCG baseball coach Mike Gaski. "But this was something we really wanted to get our whole team behind. It is a great cause and a great idea by the university and we were happy to get on board with it."
One of 86 affiliates in North Carolina, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro was formed in 1987. In the beginning Habitat of Greensboro was building an average of five homes per year, which quickly accelerated to 10. Today, Habitat is building at the rate of 25 to 30 houses per year. Currently, there are seven houses under construction under the direction of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro, including the house UNCG is building.
The house that UNCG staff, alumni and students will be building is located at 1505 Village Crest Drive in the northern part of the city. The university estimates approximately 360 people from the UNCG community will volunteer their time before the house is complete.