MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014
Women's Basketball Lends a Hand to Habitat for Humanity
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- On the evening of Friday, April 18, the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team celebrated the accomplishments of the 2013-14 season in their first annual Full Court Banquet. Less than 12 hours later, the team was back in action to continue their service work within the Jacksonville community. This time, the Dolphins teamed up with Beaches Habitat for Humanity in Atlantic Beach to help with their current project of building affordable housing homes.

For four hours the team learned the ins and outs of home building by getting their hands dirty in a variety of projects. They did everything from framing work to exterior painting. The women’s team worked with 15 other volunteers and was managed by the Habitat for Humanity crew leaders who helped teach them the intricacies of home building.

“I think that Habitat for Humanity was a great opportunity for team bonding and giving back to the community,” said freshman Jenny Vernet. “Not only did we get the chance to build a house, but we also created valuable relationships with the local community. It was inspiring to work side by side with the future homeowners and see the pride they take in their work. We are grateful for the many opportunities we get to give back.”

This year the JU women’s basketball team put in over 275 hours of service on-campus and in the local community. They worked with organizations such as Wolfson Children’s Hospital, World Relief Center, Hubbard House, Potter’s House Ministry, Veterans 5K & Relief Fund, DuPont YMCA, and KidzQuest Academy. It was a great opportunity to provide service to those in need and offer encouragement and guidance to local children who look up to collegiate student-athletes.

“Every community service event has been extremely positive for our team,” said Head Coach Yolett McCuin.  “Our ladies embraced the opportunity to give back and also get into the community.  Hopefully the people that we interact with will be inspired to come out and support us during the season.  Our program will always be based on service and with everything that we do, we will give 100%.”