Georgetown College athletics embraces the volunteer spirit with a passionate heart to give back to the community that surrounds and supports it. It is one of the five tennents of the Champions of Character program which the NAIA started in 2000 and has always been a part of the Tiger mission. Often times these projects go unnoticed, but that never deters the GC student-athletes from continuing to seek out ways in which to meet others needs.
One of the most recent outreach missions they undertook was helping Habitat for Humanity build a house for a family facing eviction and in desperate need of a new home.
The women’s soccer team, basketball team and the volleyball team participated on two different weekends to make the home a reality.
Volleyball and women’s basketball helped to put the siding up and finish the exterior portions, while women’s soccer applied the final coat of paint inside.
“Outstanding job by all three teams,” said women’s basketball coach Susan Johnson. “They really came out here and worked hard to get this together as they always do in whatever service project they set out to do.”
Johnson, who is also on the board for Scott County’s Habitat for Humanity chapter, is a great role model for these students as she has made it her life’s mission to give back. She has actively organized and run the student athlete leadership council, which is responsible for finding and executing service projects in which all athletic teams can participate.
While the women were doing the Habitat Women’s Build, the football team went out into Georgetown and Scott County all day one Saturday to help with various needs at various locations.
This is a project the team began in the spring of 2010 and something coach Bill Cronin hopes to continue. It was the third such work day for the entire team as they try to do one each semester.
Click here to watch WLEX Channel 18’s story on the Habitat for Humanity project