Feb. 27, 2012
Milpitas, Calif.-- Stanford's Cardinal for the Community program helped make dreams come to life as they spent Sunday morning out in the community, building two children's playhouses for the Habitat for Humanity playhouse project. Twenty-three athletes from three teams (football, wrestling and men's volleyball) arrived to the build site early Sunday morning and spent the day constructing, roofing, assembling and decorating two children's playhouses which were then donated to local organizations.
The recipients of the project, Blue Star Moms and Environmental Volunteers, were on site to receive the playhouses. Blue Star Moms' awarded one house, featuring Dora the Explorer artwork, to three-year-old Addison and her family.
"This is just such an amazing opportunity, and to see all of these athletes out here spending the day making this happen leaves us without words," said the recipient's grandmother and Blue Star Mom.
While many of the student-athletes had volunteered in the community previously, few had taken part in a project such as Habitat for Humanity.
"It was a really awesome experience to see the project progress start to finish. When we got there, it was just pieces of plain wood and piles of shingles, but we left having created two complete playhouses," said senior volleyball player and Cardinal Council (SAAC) Community Service Director, Evan Barry.
"This is definitely something I would do again," conferred Josh Lauderdale, a freshman on the wrestling team. "This project let's you see people's different abilities. I was really impressed by how creative we were as a group and how good the designs turned out. It's a really great project and something I think athletes really benefit from being a part of!"
About Cardinal for the Community: Cardinal for the Community connects Stanford student-athletes with community groups to build sustainable partnerships and support the surrounding community. C4C is supported by Stanford Athletics and the Haas Center for Public Service. For more information visit http://www.gostanford.com/community
Habitat for Humanity NetApp Playhouse Program The NetApp Playhouse Program is a volunteer project that builds custom playhouses that are donated to childresn' organizations in Silicon Valley. Playhouses are built from scratch in a single day at HfHSV's Milpitas warehouse.
Environmental Volunteers Environmental volunteers believes all children deserve to learn about the natural world through personal exploration so they can become responsible stewards of the Earth. The Environmental Volunteers promote understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science education specifically geared at youth in low-income areas around Silicon Valley.
Blue Star Moms The Blue Star Moms is a non-partisan, non-political, non-sectarian, non-discriminatory and non-profit organization. Our mission is to support through service. Blue Star Moms provide support for families who have a member actively serving in a branch of the military.