PRICHARD, Ala. - "The paint that was on it was the original paint from when I was little," said Erica Pettway as she stood before her newly painted house.
Eight of her 10 children live at home. Pettway grew up in this home, which has gradually deteriorated over the years.
Saturday the Spring Hill College basketball varsity and junior varsity players, along with assistant coaches, volunteered through Habitat for Humanity to renovate Pettway's house.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian ministry that builds and renovates houses for people in need.
"We came out here as a team and wanted to be an active part of the community," said Joseph Ferro, a freshman basketball player. The 30 players and four assistant coaches spent the day painting the exterior of the house.
"It's a great feeling, helping people in less fortunate communities. It always feels good to give back," said freshman player Chris Portie.
The team tries do to three service projects a semester, said team manager Kevin Smith. The players do two Habitat for Humanity builds, one before and one after the basketball season. During the season the team helps out in the community by services such as visiting a hospital or making meals for a food kitchen, said Smith.
John Teasley is in his first season as an assistant coach for the basketball team, and sees the service projects as a way to give back to the community and have team bonding.
"It's a great way for the guys to get away from practice and school and get to know each other," said Teasley.
"Anytime you can be a blessing instead of looking for a blessing is always good," he said.
Gary Gooch, who has worked for Habitat for Humanity for over four years, led the project on Saturday.
"It's real encouraging to take something that seems to be in real disrepair and make it into something that will last," said Gooch. "I think it brightens the neighborhood."
Habitat for Humanity plans to build the Pettway family a new roof and will provide new windows, among other repairs.