December 21, 2010

Tennis Teams "Build" Relationships in Community

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DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia College & State University men's and women's tennis teams came together on Saturday, November 20, and partnered with Habitat for Humanity to give back to a pair of families in Dahlonega.
"This was a great way to get our teams together to realize what we can do as a group outside of the court," head men's and women's tennis coach Kent Norsworthy said. "Habitat for Humanity is a great organization that allows us to reach out members of our community that need help.

The tennis teams split into two different groups for the day to take part in pair of projects in Lumpkin County that consisted of cleaning roofs, replacing stairs and fences, fixing decks, picking up around the house, and building a full sized wheel chair ramp.

"Habitat for Humanity was such a great experience and I'm so glad we were able to be a part of it," freshman women's tennis player Audrey Marlette said. "It was a great way to get to know the community and give back to people who are really in need."

"Community engagement is such an important component to our students athletes overall experience at North Georgia," Director of Athletics Lindsay Reeves said. "Kent and the tennis team do an exceptional job staying involved and creating lasting relationships in the community."

Habitat for humanity is a locally run nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing organization that works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. Volunteers such as the North Georgia tennis teams provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build and renovate Habitat houses.