May 7, 2009

Tech women's basketball team seen volunteering all over Cookeville

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Even though basketball season is over, the Tennessee Tech women’s basketball team has been as busy as ever lately. The team has spent many hours volunteering to help out different local organizations.

After volunteering at the local Mustard Seed Ranch, spending time painting fences and donating goods to the non-profit group which houses children with disadvantaged backgrounds, the team took a trip to the Cookeville Children’s Museum to spend time with children, and got their hands dirty helping out at a local Habitat for Humanity house.

“This is a great time of year for women’s basketball to give back to the community,” head coach Amy Brown said. “We have tried to give back in different ways, between Habitat for Humanity, the Mustard Seed Ranch, and the children’s museum.”

At the children’s museum the team helped out with a tinker toy competition, in which the children raced to build the sturdiest structure. Golden Eagle basketball players arrived early to set up the competition, and also got to be the judges, before helping with clean up afterwards.

The team also volunteered on-site at a Cookeville Habitat for Humanity house. At the house team members cleaned up debris, removed nails from unused lumbar, and helped hang siding on a back shed.

The Habitat for Humanity house that the Golden Eagle basketball team worked at is located next door to another house built by Tech student-athletes. In the fall, student-athletes from all sports built a Habitat for Humanity house across the street from Tech’s fitness center, which has since been moved to its permanent location in a Cookeville neighborhood.

Brown said that helping out off the court is a traditional part of Tennessee Tech basketball, and is important, because it gives the team a chance to thank the community in a big way.

“This gives our kids a great opportunity to appreciate different aspects of our community,” Brown said. “It’s really important for us to help out off the court, and give back to the people who support us all year long on the court.”

Photo’s of the team at the children’s museum as well as the Habit for Humanity house are below.