NCAA, Habitat for Humanity International and NCAA Corporate Partner
Lowe’s will team up to help build two homes in partnership with needy
families in Atlanta at the Men’s Final Four®.
and other students from Atlanta-area colleges and universities will
join volunteers from the NCAA and Habitat to frame two homes inside
Centennial Olympic Park, location of the NCAA’s “The Big Dance®”
activities at the Men’s Final Four. The homes will be relocated in the
builds in Atlanta are part of the “Home Team” project, which is the
NCAA’s national response to the devastation caused by Hurricanes
Katrina and Rita. The three-year, $2.5 million NCAA partnership with
Habitat for Humanity has helped nearly 20 families rebuild from the
Gulf Coast storms, with more than 800 student-athletes volunteering on
the builds at numerous NCAA championships.
NCAA is strongly committed to the Home Team Project," said NCAA
President Myles Brand. "While progress has been made in the Gulf Coast
during the last year, we cannot forget that funds and volunteers are
still needed to assist families and communities rebuilding from
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and others who can benefit from the NCAA
Home Team Project."
need to rebuild in the Gulf remains great, and Habitat for Humanity
cannot do it alone,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive office of
Habitat for Humanity International. “Thanks to partners like the NCAA
we’ve been able to build simple, decent housing in partnership with
low-income families that would not normally qualify for conventional
lending programs but are willing to help build their own home then pay
for it through a no-profit loan. Rebuilding the Gulf Coast will take
the talents, energy, resources and expertise of so many partners
working together. The more we can direct our individual strengths
toward a common recovery goal, the greater the impact we can leave
collaboratively in the gulf.”
The builds in Atlanta are also sponsored by Lowe’s, one of the NCAA’s corporate partners and a corporate supporter of Habitat.
proud of this unique Habitat build because it combines Lowe’s ongoing
commitment to Habitat for Humanity International and the successful
relationship we’ve forged with NCAA to help two truly deserving
families in Atlanta,” said Bob Gfeller, senior vice president of
marketing and advertising at Lowe’s. “What better way to rally
basketball fans and local residents together than by helping deserving
community members realize their ultimate dream of owning a home. We’re
really excited about this remarkable project.”
the house builds at the Men’s Final Four will be a photo exhibit
depicting the NCAA “Home Team” partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
The photo exhibit will be on display inside the Georgia Dome concourse
throughout the championship weekend.
Doors for Habitat Partner Families” is a series of photographs from
past NCAA building projects mounted on free-standing doors.
Additionally, sixty-five doors, representing each of the participating
NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament participants, will be
located along International Boulevard near the Georgia Dome. This
project is co-presented by the NCAA, Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity.
Lowe’s will donate the doors to the local Habitat Re-Store in Atlanta
following the tournament.
About the NCAA®
NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and
universities committed to supporting academic and athletic
opportunities for more than 380,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000
member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000
student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and
III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaasports.com
for more details about the Association, its goals and members and
corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.
The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official
Corporate Champions—AT&T, Coca-Cola and Pontiac—and the following
elite companies as official Corporate Partners—DiGiorno, Enterprise,
The Hartford, Lowe’s and State Farm.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its
all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since
its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than
200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and
affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more
information, visit www.habitat.org.
fiscal year 2006 sales of $46.9 billion, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a
FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 13 million customers a
week at more than 1,375 home improvement stores in 49 states. Based in
Mooresville, N.C., the 60-year old company is the second-largest home
improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit