ATHENS, Ohio -- This summer, members of the Ohio football, field hockey and swimming & diving teams joined forces to team up with Ohio Housing and Residence Life to limit waste from demolition of the university's Atkinson, Smith and Armbruster residence halls by moving excess furniture out of the buildings and loading it onto trucks to be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio ReStore.
Not only did the effort divert useable furniture from landfills, it provided a local non-profit with valuable donations.
"Before I volunteered, I assumed it was just helping move furniture, but when I knew the meaning behind Habitat for Humanity's cause, it gave me more understanding of the work they put in to help make a better life for those in our community," said junior cornerback Jamal Hudson (Miami, Fla.) of the football team.
Sophia Boothby (Spotsylvania, Va.), a senior goalkeeper on the field hockey team, also expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to give back to the community.
"It was a privilege to be able to volunteer with an organization such as Habitat for Humanity, which does so much for the community of Athens," said Boothby. "This community supports student-athletes every year, so we want to do everything we can to return that support. It was also a wonderful opportunity to get closer with other sports and other members of the community."
Read more about the initiative in this article from Compass.