June 13, 2012
Bearcats help with Habitat for Humanity project
MARYVILLE, Mo. – Northwest Missouri State football players are building chemistry and a house.
No, this is not a metaphor.
Head strength and conditioning coach Joe Quinlin and 18 Bearcat football players loaded a bus Wednesday morning to help a Habitat for Humanity project in a neighboring community, Skidmore. In all, the group spent five hours helping improve the front yard and drainage of the home.
“Wednesdays are an off day in the weight room and we’re always looking for ways to be involved in the community,” Quinlin said. “I’m proud of these guys for taking time out of their normal schedules and an off day to come over here and help out with Habitat.”
Although the football players did not help build the house, which is almost completed, there was plenty of landscaping work to be done.
“This was a great way for our team to bond and not just serve each other on the field or in the weight room, but out here landscaping a family’s home we may never meet,” junior quarterback Trevor Adams said. “It helps get guys out of their comfort zone and shows each other it’s not about me, but it is about us. Helping in a project like this is awesome and really builds a solid foundation of trust.”
Breaking up the normal routine of a Wednesday also helps.
“Normally I’m doing work for an online class or at my summer internship,” Adams said. “It was fun to get outside and break up the routine. And even though we’re not sure who the house is for it still gives you a great feeling.”
Habitat for Humanity acquires the land for all its homes and, through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, builds and rehabilitates houses alongside the homeowner partner families. A sponsor initially pays for the home, which then is given to an area family. An interest-free loan is paid off monthly, usually over a 20- to 25-year period.
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