TJC Football Team Volunteers At Habitat For Humanity

The TJC football players are lending a helping hand to their fellow East Texans.  It was the second time this year, the TJC football team was out on the construction site with Habitat for Humanity.

They're taking off their shoulder pads and picking up shovels.  The Tyler Junior College football team spent their practice time volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.  Jamie Critchlow, Head Football Coach of Tyler Junior College, says, "It s a great opportunity for them to help in so many ways both mentally and physically.  Come out here and move things around and getting jobs done."

The players enjoy the time off the field to do something for the community.  Steven Jones, TJC football player says, "Help somebody out that needs some help instead of having to pay somebody we can do it for free."  The team members are volunteering their time and muscles to build houses.  Critchlow says, "There is a lot more to life than football and there are sometimes a lot more lessons learned off the practice field than there is on.  And being a part of a football program or team allows them to understand working together is applicable off the field as well."

Future Habitat homeowner, Janet Valle, says, "It means so much to me and so much to my daughter that we are going to have a brand new start and a brand new home and i'm very very grateful."  Janet and her family hope to be in their new home before Christmas.

Habitat for Humanity is always needing volunteers to help build houses and prepare lunches for the workers.  If you would like to help, just give them a call.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.