Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia
Sept. 17, 2013
With just under a week until the Bulldogs’ 2013-14 season gets underway, the Georgia women’s tennis team spent Saturday working on a Habitat for Humanity house build in Union Point, Ga., a town about an hour southeast of Athens.
The service project, which was part of the team’s annual preseason team retreat, was attended by the entire team and staff. The team worked for the whole day, completing the majority of the house’s framework by day’s end.
“This was our first time [doing a Habitat for Humanity build] and maybe one of the best things I’ve done in 29 years as a coach here at Georgia,” head coach Jeff Wallace said. “We went down to Union Point and had an amazing day. There were some wonderful people down there that gave us some great leadership and the girls jumped right in and finished a great deal of the house in a day. It was rewarding, it was fun, it was exciting, it was nerve-racking and it really brought out the best in our student-athletes. It was a great experience.”
Though seeing his team on tall ladders with heavy planks of wood hanging above their heads was nerve-racking for Wallace, he thinks it was a great experience for his team.
“They learned a lot through it,” Wallace continued. “To be able to do something that they’ve never done before and to do it at the level that they were doing it at with great enthusiasm really says something about this group. They were all being so coachable. Some of them had never had a drill in their hand before and by the end of the day they were creating studs and flooring and everything else. I was very impressed with their work ethic and ability to help out.”
Senior Kate Fuller said that it was an especially rewarding experience for her because her grandparents and father had worked on Habitat for Humanity builds before and it was something that she had always wanted to do.
“I loved it,”” Fuller said. “Doing it with these girls was really rewarding. I also enjoyed talking to the older guys who had been doing things like this for the last 10 or 20 years. It was a great start and we saw a ton of progress. I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it is finally done.”
“It feels really good to be able help people out that are in need,” sophomore Silvia Garcia said. “It’s a good feeling to know that we helped put a roof over somebody’s head.”
Georgia will start to build the framework for it’s 2013-14 campaign as it kicks off its season this weekend against N.C. State, South Florida and Old Dominion in the Bulldog Classic Friday through Sunday.