NIU football breaks Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity record with 115 volunteers working together

Published: Jun. 15, 2022 at 11:34 AM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - NIU football set a new Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity record with the most volunteers at a single work day as 115. Executive Director Keri Asevedo said the help from the Huskies will complete weeks’ worth of projects at eight different homes in a single day.

“We’re going to be able to finish the landscaping for one of our homes, we’re going to be able to set subfloor, building walls for one house, and so what would have taken our volunteers maybe a couple of weeks to complete some of these tasks, we’re going to be able to complete in one day,” Asevedo said.

NIU Head Coach Thomas Hammock initiated the day of service with Habitat for Humanity after past experience with the organization.

“It was something I did in high school, I really enjoyed it, I really saw the benefit for me personally and I feel our players will benefit from it as well,” Hammock said.

Hammock believes the experience will allow his student-athletes to become better football players and better people.

“The longer I coach, the more you realize, the more you can build complete men, the better your football team is going to be, and the more that you can get them to think outside the box and getting to know other people and getting to do other things outside of football, the closer you become as a football team when it gets tough and when adversity strikes, you can draw from these moments,” Hammock said.

In 2022, Rockford Habitat plans to build seven new homes in partnership with local individuals and families. Since 1988, Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity has built 140 houses in the region.

Groups and individuals can volunteer on Habitat construction sites throughout the summer. To learn more and sign up, visit

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