Wildcats Team Up With Philadelphia Phillie Vance Worley and Help with Habitat for Humanity Project in Wilmington
Friday, October 21, 2011 - New Castle, DE
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Members of the Wilmington University softball and baseball teams lent a helping hand at the Habitat for Humanity Mill Stone Development Housing Project in downtown Wilmington this morning.
Dr. Jack Cunningham, Assistant University Vice President and his son Brian, an adjunct faculty member at Wilmington, and Director of Communications for Habitat for Humanity, organized Wilmington’s efforts in the community service endeavor. Erin Harvey, Sports Information Director, also attended and assisted in gathering the student-athletes to participate.
The students-athletes from the softball and baseball team worked for a few hours assisting with the building of the townhouse community. They put up firewall, sheathed the outside of the town homes, and helped build a deck.
While there, the Wildcats met rookie sensation Vance Worley from the Philadelphia Phillies, as he dropped by to assist with the efforts. Worley even autographed items for the student-athletes and posed for pictures with each of them.
“It was nice to see our student-athletes give back to the community. All involved seemed to have a great time, and we look forward to volunteering more time with Habitat for Humanity in the future”, stated Dr. Cunningham. “It is wonderful to know our student-athletes can contribute on and off the playing field.”
According to the Habitat for Humanity website, their mission is to build affordable housing at no-profit through a combination of volunteer labor, 'sweat-equity' and no-interest mortgages. They act in partnership with the community as a diverse group to bring together people who are concerned for their neighbors, while striving to develop and empower individuals and communities through the construction of simple, decent homes.
The eight members of the softball team included Brooke Berger, Jessica Hassman, Christin Headley, Meghan Logullo, Lauren Szymanski, Katie Warrington, and manager Brittany Biddle. The six members of the baseball team that volunteered their time were Joe El-Bisi, Tyler Friese, Kyle Hitchens, Jordan Johnson, Jordan Oncay, and Tim Racek.
To view a photo gallery that includes pictures from the build, please click on the following link: http://www.wilmu.edu/athletics/content/galleries/slideshow.aspx?pSetID=72157627946555878
You can also watch a short video from Action News and Channel 6 here: http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/video?id=8401358