By Vanessa Mosquera
Contributors: Michael Tolvo
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The FGCU men’s soccer team joined efforts with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, Apr. 5, to give back to the community by helping restore a house in Lehigh Acres that will benefit a family in need.
The student-athletes displayed their teamwork off the soccer field as they worked on a house that had been infested with subterranean termites. The Eagles donated their time as they worked on closing walls with plywood, demolishing a deck and reframing interior walls and exterior windows.
Assistant coach Chris Gores accompanied the team and gave a detailed account of the renovations. “The house was open framed to start and we worked to close the walls with plywood, demolish a deck and reframe interior walls and exterior windows.” he said. “The house was infested with subterranean termites and was being rehabbed for a person in need.”
As representatives of the athletic department and university, the team is encouraged to help others less fortunate by supporting the community. A few past community projects the squad has worked on include the Eagle Reading Program, in which student-athletes and coaches visit local schools to read to students and focus on the importance of reading.
FGCU coaches and the American Cancer Society have also teamed up to implement Coaches vs. Cancer. The collaboration involves various team leaders who strive to make a difference in the fight against cancer by raising funds for research that promotes healthy living. This past fall, FGCU men’s soccer raffled off a framed FGCU soccer jersey to help support the cause.
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that builds and repairs houses for struggling families. The organization has restored more than 800,000 houses and served more than four million people worldwide with the help of countless volunteers and supporters.
The Green and Blue’s men’s soccer team has wrapped up its spring games and look forward to vying for their fifth-straight Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season title this fall. The Eagles are poised for a potentially deep run as they have not lost a single player to graduation, in addition to adding two highly-touted incoming freshmen.