The University of Mount Olive Department of Athletics typically gets their hands dirty on the playing field in practice, games, or in field maintenance, but last week the coaches and staff put down the whistles and stopped watching game film and picked up a hammer. UMO Athletics traveled to Goldsboro to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne to construct a house for a family in need in Wayne County.
UMO Athletics takes pride in giving back to the community each year that gives so much to it and Habitat for Humanity was the chosen project for this year. The Trojans will continue to give back as the year goes on as this project starts the 2020-21 campaign.
“This year’s community service project looked a little different as our department volunteered in small groups. With many of our meetings since March held virtually, it was great to see our coaches and staff in-person,” said Director of Student-Athlete Development Kourtney Chumbley.
“Working with Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne was a great opportunity to serve our community in a safe environment. Building a home over the week was somewhat symbolic. We each had important roles to fulfill in order to accomplish an entire project; similar to what we do in athletics. Each of us has important roles to provide a quality experience for each of our student-athletes. Whether we’re building a wall or going through a drill, we always remember how much more we accomplish when we work together. We really appreciate the Habitat for Humanity team for this opportunity to serve and get involved.”
The Trojans started volunteering Tuesday putting down the framing and sub-flooring on the 85th new home for Habitat of Goldsboro-Wayne.
The rest of the week the department worked together to construct and frame walls for the house. The Trojans also pitched in and helped clean an additional house that was nearby to round out the week.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne please visit the volunteer sign-up page on the habitat website.