Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Tulane Athletes and the NCAA Help New Orleans Rebuild-Literally

In conjunction with hosting the NCAA men's basketball tournament first and second rounds this past weekend, over 60 Tulane University student-athletes pitched in to work on building a house for Habitat for Humanity.

“This build is a great opportunity for our student-athletes to give back to the community that has embraced them,” said Rick Dickson, director of athletics at Tulane University. “By participating in this event, our student-athletes are able to exemplify the supporting role that intercollegiate athletics plays in enhancing the sense of community and strengthening the identity of member institutions.”

The NCAA is funding the entire cost of the house, estimated at $75,000.

The New Orleans project is the latest in the NCAA Home Team partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, which began in 2005 after hurricanes struck the Gulf Coast. The NCAA has committed $2.5 million for the three-year partnership.

Since the partnership began, more than 800 student-athletes and other volunteers have helped build nearly 20 homes in partnership with needy families.

Click here to read more about this wonderful partnership from the NCAA's official website, "Tulane teams with Habitat for Humanity."

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