Posted by: allisonbarnes | March 23, 2011

UNC Women’s Soccer Visits Habitat During the Off Season

UNC Women's Soccer participated in Habitat for Humanity on Feb. 19.

The UNC Women’s Soccer team is very busy during the fall, with their first tournament the weekend before classes start to the NCAA Tournament during Thanksgiving. Finding spare time can be hard to come by. But the team makes time and makes sure to give back to the community that supports them. On Feb. 19 the UNC Women’s Soccer team participated in a Habitat Build for Habitat for Humanity of Orange County.

Like other teams before them– Women’s Golf, Gymnastics, and Rowing– the Women’s Soccer team represented Carolina Athletics as one of the Champions for UNC’s Build a Block. Build a Block is a campus wide initiative that hopes to build  10 homes for 10 families in 10 months by and for the UNC community. The initiative was created in the fall by the UNC Habitat club when news that a record number of University and UNC Hospital employees had applied for Habitat housing.

“As soccer players I think it’s a really big deal to give back because the Chapel Hill community is so supportive,” said junior Emmalie Pfankuch.  “We always have really good crowds at our games, so this is a chance to thank them for their support, and to also reach out beyond the campus and get involved in something bigger.”

Several members of the Women’s Soccer team have volunteered with Habitat in the past, but Feb. 19 was the first time that the team participated together.  After just one visit, the team is ready to go back again!

“It gives us a chance to reach out to the community and show student-athletes doing more than just playing our sport,” said Pfankuch.

The UNC Women’s soccer teams also participates in other outreach activities throughout the year including Carolina Dreams, Adopt a Family, and Adopt a Classroom.

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