Teams: Men's Lacrosse: Press
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
MEN'S LACROSSE TEAM REFURBISHES HOMES WITH HABITAT FOR
-- Spearheaded by senior Kevin Kistler (North Bethesda, MD), the
Tufts University men's lacrosse team recently helped refurbish homes
in two nearby communities as part of the Habitat for Humanity
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials,
Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses
with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. While searching
for a service project for the team to participate in this year,
Kistler realized that Habitat was the best opportunity for a group
of 40 able young men. He contacted the South Shore Habitat for
Humanity and arranged for the team to get involved.
Participation by the team was so strong that there were too many
volunteers for just one building site. The Jumbos went to work at
two sites on Saturday, November 3, houses in Brockton and Braintree.
They arrived at 8:00 in the morning and worked until 3:00 in the
afternoon. Among the many tasks they finished was installing molding
in rooms and hallways, shimming doorways, built racks for closets,
cut wood to make doorways and attached them. They used buzz saws,
nail guns, hammers, caulking, glue levelers and other tools. A large
shed full of wood had to be cut to size according to measurements
they made and then nailed onto walls.
went perfect," Kistler said. "We completed what the building manager
had planned for the day and then kept working and did even more."
In addition to contributing to the community, Kistler noted that
the work was also a lesson for the players.
"I know it taught a lot of guys patience because the guys who
measured two or three times before they cut their wood fared much
better than the people who at first measured only once, cut and then
had to re-cut their wood because it was slightly off," he said.
"I continue to be impressed with our team, their character, and
their work ethic," Coach Mike Daly said. "An event like this
confirms everything I feel about our team. They are a pleasure to
coach and I am humbled to be associated with them. This was a great
opportunity for our team to give a little back. We are all so
blessed and lucky with the opportunities we have and I hope this
reminds us of that."
NCAA Tournament qualifiers and New England Small College Athletic
Conference (NESCAC) first-place finishers last spring, the 2008
Tufts men's lacrosse team opens its season at home against Skidmore
College on March 8.