Trading in Helmets for Hard Hats

By Ben Wolf
Monday, January 15, 2007

Blazers are setting aside footballs and golf clubs to pick up hammers and nails.

"Nothing beats hardworking young guys, athletic guys to come work on a construction site, and they have really been a godsend to us," said Stuart Mullis, executive director for Valdosta Lowndes County Habitat for Humanity.

The athletes are teaming up with Habitat for Humanity for the third annual Blazer Build.

"They come out and support us all the time and just to give a little something back, it feels good," said VSU football player Davis Nall.

Some have a little more experience with sports.

"I'm definitely a novice. I think most of us are, but it's fun we get to learn a new skill," said VSU golfer Hiland Sanders.

They say they can accomplish anything with teamwork.

"This is a great opportunity for us to come together as a team and make a presence as a team in the community," added golfing teammate Kevin Dutowsky.

Habitat for Humanity is still deciding which family will eventually live in the home, but one thing is certain.

"We started this house two days ago and when the Blazers walk off this site it'll be ready for a family," said Mullis.

It can be said this home was built for a family by one giant family of volunteers.