Softball Helps Build Home In Starkville
NOTE: To watch a video recap of the team building the house, click on the play box above or click here.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Returning to Mississippi's college town before their classes officially started, several members of the Mississippi State softball team partnered with Habitat for Humanity Thursday to help build a new house at 276 Steadman Lane in Starkville.
"This was (head coach) Vann Stuedeman's idea because she genuinely cares about Starkville," senior Chrissie Rovtar said. "Not only is this our state, but this is our community, so we are trying to make Starkville a better place."
The quartet of Jessica Cooley, Sam Lenahan, Rachael Zdeb and Rovtar spent five hours with members of their community to build Starkville's 50th Habitat for Humanity home. The new house is for Starkville resident Daphne Walton and her five children: Ian (20), Caleb (17), Hanna (14), Seth (11) and Chloe (9). The Walton family currently lives in a three-bedroom apartment that is in total disrepair.
"It was awesome getting out in our community, meeting new people and getting our hands dirty helping build this house," Cooley said.
Each fall before school starts, Habitat for Humanity joins together with MSU students, faculty and staff to build the fall Maroon Edition home.
"We live here, learn here and play here, so what better way to come back early and reinvest in the community than build a home here," Zdeb explained.
Fans can read more about the team building the home in Sunday's Starkville Daily News.