SOFTBALL TEAM HELPS BUILD HOUSES WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Tuesday, October 2, 2007

NASHVILLE---On Saturday, September 15, 2007 the Tennessee State University Softball team joined with the local Habitat for Humanity Chapter to help with the progress of the Providence Park neighborhood project. The Providence Park neighborhood is the nation's largest all Habitat home community to date. More than 140 Nashville families will be handed the keys to their new homes because of hard work and dedication of Habitat volunteers.

The Tiger softball players and coaches started their day at 6:30 a.m. and set about working on an assortment of activities including building fly rafters, painting, and putting up walls and roofs. The Tigers and volunteers took a short lunch break and concluded their work around 4:00 p.m. By the end of the work day, the team was proud of what they were able to contribute to the project.

Junior outfielder Mel Cruz stated, "Habitat for Humanity was very enriching as I got to work directly with the future homeowner and other volunteers. Being able to start with only the foundation on site and then watching the house emerge piece by piece was the most amazing experience. While the homeowner receives a great amount from our time and effort, we walk away with pride and understanding for community service." Head softball coach Joyce Maudie reflects on the day commenting, " This was a tremendous day of service for the Tennessee State University softball program. It was very inspiring to see all the volunteers contributing their time and talent for such a worthy cause. We met and worked with so many great volunteers. It was extremely gratifying for our softball student-athletes to participate as members of the Habitat for Humanity Team.