UGA Women’s Tennis team poses with Habitat volunteers as they thank IGA and Ingles for providing lunch at the September 7 workday at house number 19.
UGA women’s tennis team serves up volunteer labor at Habitat Pickens house number 19
BY WAYNE TIDWELL. PHOTOS BY WAYNE TIDWELL.
The 2019 University of Georgia Women’s tennis team joined other volunteers Saturday, September 7 to help build Habitat for Humanity Pickens house number 19 in New Hope Acres in Jasper.
“It’s a lot of hands, exactly what we needed,” said Steve Greenwell, president of Habitat Pickens County.
The team members were divided between a Habitat house being refurbished to prepare it for a new family after the original owner passed away, and a new build, number 19 for habitat Pickens.
“Every year we do a team retreat,” UGA Women’s Tennis Coach Jeff Wallace said. “This year we decided to come to Big Canoe. Lisa Enochs who was one of my former players has a place there. So we invited all of our alumni to come up. We have 14 alumni from all the way from 1985 up to last year that are staying with Lisa at her house and we rented a place close by and the team is staying there.”
The UGA team does volunteer work each year according to Wallace.
“Our team motto this year is “Give More” and we always do one day of community service,” Wallace said. “We have done Habitat before but not in this county. So we decided to do this since our current team has not done this before.”
The University of Georgia tennis teams are perennial powerhouses in the NCAA and are currently defending National Team Indoor and SEC champions. It was recently announced that the women's team also earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic distinction, while three Bulldogs earned ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.
“We are coming off of a heck of a year,” Wallace said. We finished second in the NCAA’s (National Collegiate Championship Tournament), we won the SEC conference and we won the National Team Indoors. So we only lost one major national NCAA tournament.
“We have a young team and everybody is back. Our expectations are high. But a lot of work we are going to have to put in but we are in the running at the start and that’s where you want to be.”
New Hope Acres is Habitat Pickens’ first neighborhood project.
“This is our 19th house (by Pickens County Habitat),” Building Supervisor Mark Hinton, said. “We started in 2002. This is number four in Good Hope Acres. Eventually we will have 15 homes in New Hope Acres.”
“We had a great time and lots of work got done,” Board Member Colleen Adams said. “ I hope we get more volunteers as a result because we really need them.”
Habitat house number 19 owner Jenifer Kaul (left) with daughters Matley Gorden, Mallory Gorden and Courtney Underwood.
Habitat for Humanity President Steve Greenway “educates” University of Georgia Women’s Tennis team members about Habitat for Humanity and how it works.