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Oklahoma Baptist athletes build character, house

SHAWNEE, Okla. (BP)–Oklahoma Baptist University athletes are teammates who work together not only on the field or court but also outside of the game.

Throughout the semester, every Saturday a team from OBU has volunteered to help build a house for the Habitat for Humanity program.

The project is part of OBU’s contribution to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Champions of Character initiative.

“It was a team-building experience because we were doing something as a team other than softball and we were doing something for others,” said Callie Moore. “Doing something for someone else builds unity.”

Some of the jobs tackled by the athletes were placing siding on the house, adding a thicker form of dry wall to the ceiling, mudding and taping for sheet rock, painting the shed and even drawing lines to make the nails straight.

“Putting the siding on was a little difficult, but anybody could do it,” Kena Freeman of the softball team said. “They showed us how to do it as we watched them do the back of the house.”

Read more about the OBU athletes’ outreach at BPSports, www.bpsports.net.

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