Riders Participate in Habitat Build
Members of the team at the Habitat build

Members of the team at the Habitat build
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Nov. 8, 2011

ATHENS Ga. - Fresh off a win over No. 4 South Carolina, members of the third-ranked Georgia equestrian team took time to help out with Habitat for Humanity this past weekend in Athens, Ga.

The riders have participated in Habitat for Humanity in the past and the event is something the team looks forward to each time because they can see the difference that they make in a short amount of time.

"It's amazing the immediate impact twelve or thirteen girls can make in a matter of hours," junior Ali Sullivan said. "We put a lot of sweat and work into the day but there was always laughing and high spirits paired with it. The build really showed the character of all of our teammates and the high caliber or girls that this program attracts."

While others were enjoying the football team's homecoming win over New Mexico State, the riders did not hesitate volunteering for Habitat. Added Sullivan, "It's not always easy to give up a going to a UGA home game but none of our girls thought twice about it and were so excited for the build. I know many of us plan to go back on other free Saturdays we have off to see the house progress.

"Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity was such a rewarding experience," junior Allison Haspel said." We worked side by side with Aida to build her future home. It felt great to actively give back to the community. As a team we learned, laughed and had a great time!"

Athens Area Habitat for Humanity, an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is an ecumenical, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of substandard housing in Clarke, Oconee, and Oglethorpe counties in the state of Georgia. The organization was founded in 1988 based on our strong belief that everyone in the Athens community deserves the opportunity to live in safe, decent, affordable homes. Since its inception, Athens Area Habitat for Humanity has served more than 73 families in partnership with businesses and countless volunteers.

The Bulldogs return to Bishop, Ga., on Friday as they welcome No. 1 Auburn. The meet will begin at 2 p.m., and admission is free.

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