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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 24, 2008) - Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.), who served as the libero for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Women's Indoor Volleyball Team that won the silver medal in Beijing, participated at the Olympic and Paralympic Build Day with Habitat for Humanity on Nov. 22 in Colorado Springs, Colo. In addition, U.S. Olympic Women's Indoor Team Assistant Coach Tom Hogan volunteered his time and energy to the cause.
"This was a good opportunity to give back to the community in which I train in most of the year," Davis said. "I have been training in Colorado Springs for so long, it feels good to be involved in the community."
Among Davis' tasks for the day were cutting beams with the jigsaw, insulating the entire house and lots of hammering. Although it was a lot of work for her first time being involved with the Habitat for Humanity project, she said it was very beneficial to her personally.
"I am having so much fun out here," Davis said. "And being a new homeowner myself here in Colorado Springs, I am learning how to do some of these projects that I need to do on my own house."
Other athletes taking part in the project were 2008 Olympic Games U.S. flag bearer Lopez Lomong (track and field), Michael Blatchford (cycling), Eli Bremer (pentathlon), Carissa Gump (weight lifting), Allison Jones (Paralympic cycling and skiing) and Brad Vering (wrestling). Also assisting were 2004 Olympic fencer Cody Mattern-Nagengast, Olympic shooting hopeful Amy Sowash, three-time kayak Olympian and USOC Chief Operating Officer Norman Bellingham, three-time handball Olympian and U.S. Paralympic staff member Laura Ryan and U.S. pentathlete and USOC staff member Terris Tiller.
The Olympic and Paralympic Build Day with Habitat for Humanity is part of the United States Olympic Committee's Team for Tomorrow fund. Launched prior to the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Team for Tomorrow is the ongoing humanitarian relief effort of America's Olympic and Paralympic teams that consists of donations, volunteerism and other relief contributions to organizations. Habitat for Humanity is the selected cause for the 2008 teams.
Activities like the inaugural Olympic and Paralympic Build Day with Habitat for Humanity allow America's top athletes to gain an even deeper meaning out of representing the United States as an Olympic and Paralympic athlete. Through the fund, athletes also help further the Olympic ideals of goodwill, understanding, tolerance and harmony.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.