BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- Less than 10 hours after a hard-fought game against rival UNC Wilmington, Campbell University's men's basketball team was on the road Thursday morning heading north to volunteer for a most worthy cause.
The Fighting Camels, who squared off toe-to-toe with the nation's 10th-ranked team in the NCAA RPI last night, left Buies Creek at 7:00 a.m. to travel to a Habitat for Humanity project off Lake Wheeler Road in Southwest Raleigh.
Instead of sleeping in and resting after a game the night before, the Camels arrived at 8:00 a.m., and put in a full day's work at the job site – a five-unit townhome complex that the first phase of an 11-unit facility.
"One of the things we've tried to work on as a program is trying to give back to our community, and this was a great opportunity to do just that," said head coach Kevin McGeehan. "Sure it was hard getting up this morning after a very difficult game last night, but our guys were totally into the project. The folks at Wake Habitat were not only complimentary of the work our guys did, but also of the way they embraced the job. I think that speaks volumes of our program and the individuals in it."
On a clear, crisp day, the Camel players and coaching staff assisted Habitat for Humanity volunteers with basic carpentry and construction duties.
"So often during the season we are results driven and focused on the job at hand," said McGeehan. "It was a good to take a step back and do something for somebody else, to consider those who are less fortunate. We were just happy to play a small part in that."
Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-governmental, and nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1976. "Habitat" has been devoted to building "simple, decent, and affordable" housing, a self-described "Christian housing ministry," and has addressed the issues of poverty housing all over the world.
To find out how to become involved in a Habitat project, visit the Habitat web site.