Posted by: allisonbarnes | February 5, 2011

Habitat Gets a Helping Hand from UNC Rowing

UNC Rowing lends a hand for Habitat for Humanity

UNC Athletics has been in full swing (pun intended) since the start of the year with helping UNC’s Build a Block mission in constructing 10 houses for 10 UNC families in just 10 months. The Rowing team is no stranger to Habitat builds. The team went once this fall and returned again on Saturday.

“It was amazing to see the families that have started to move in already.  There were more houses on the block in various stages of construction that will soon be filled,” said senior Brittany Walsh.

Participating in Outreach activities is important to the team as a whole. The Rowing team has been known to take part in Charles House, Carolina Dreams, Adopt A Family, and Adopt a Classroom. The team also invests time with the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center.  Members of the team visit every Friday, where they meet with patients who are in the recovery process.

“I really enjoy going to the burn center because it’s easy to get caught up in classes and your sport and being busy all the time, but visiting with the patients helps remind you to see the bigger picture and be thankful for the opportunities you have here. I also think it helps the patients cheer up when they get to talk to someone other than a nurse or a doctor even just for a little while,” said sophomore Sara Giles.

The UNC Rowing team continued the Habitat build streak as they followed Women’s Golf from the previous week. The Rowing team plans to lend a hand again to Habitat this weekend if the weather permits.

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