VSU Baseball Team Helps Build Homes

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Valdosta State University's baseball team is hard at work, not on the field, but in the community. Instead of swinging bats, the VSU baseball team spent Sunday morning swinging hammers.

Jared Goff says, "It's important for us to give back because some of these people do come out to our games, and they watch us and we get to touch lives that are not as fortunate as us."

The VSU athletic department requires its athletes to do community service.

Assistant coach Jason Brett says, "We chose Habitat because it's just a good way to get the whole team out here and to give someone help."

These guys are a team on and off the field, and they're using that teamwork to help others in need.

Goff says, "It's fun, we have a good time. We get in here and get to cut up a little bit, but we still get to come together and do something that's good for the community."

The folks at Habitat value the volunteers, whether it's a whole team or just a few people.

Volunteer coordinator Patti Henderson says, "I can't put a price on it. Without the volunteers we wouldn't have houses."

And with the holidays just around the corner, the baseball team's glad to help.

Jud Seymour says, "Helping someone get a home anytime is good, but especially around Christmas and Thanksgiving it's especially nice."

So far this year the Valdosta-Lowndes chapter of Habitat for Humanity has built 20 homes. They say without volunteers, that wouldn't be possible.