Written by David Mann
4/30/2012 (ALBANY) – The Darton College wrestling program joined Habitat For Humanity to construct a new home for a local family, Friday.
The team put in several hours of flooring and debris removal at a future residence in East Albany.
“We wanted to teach our guys about getting involved in the community so they’ll become strong leaders in their own communities,” said assistant Darton wrestling coach Mike Miller. “And we feel that opportunities like these help our guys become well-rounded socially.”
The future homeowner – a divorced, pregnant mother of two – toiled alongside the wrestlers and Habitat workers, which impressed Darton College sophomore Jeff “Danger” Drever.
“She’s out there putting in at least 50 hours with the people building the house,” he said. “She was right there working with us, and her appreciation of this project meant a lot to me.”
Drever said that despite spending the afternoon measuring and cutting floor panels, he managed to return with all of his fingers attached.
“All of them – plus two,” he said. “One of Cole’s and one of Dillan’s (Claar, Schouw, respectively). I put ‘em on a necklace.”
Jokes aside, he said that it felt good to know that he helped out, and that the project also afforded another chance for him to hang out with his teammates as the spring semester comes to a close.
Sophomore heavyweight Tracy Jewett volunteered to help remove felled trees from an adjacent, future home site. He also operated a chainsaw and fastened floors.
“You know, it showed us that we can help out and give back,” Jewett said. “And I think it shows that we’re not just athletes, but community members too.”
At the future residence, pictured from left to right are: Jeff Drever, Mookie Noel, Henry Floyd, Dillan Schouw, Tracy Jewett, Cole Claar, Trey Hicks, Terry Harris, Dametres Ellis, Tavaris Kirkland, Darton head wrestling coach Chris Fleeger and assistant coach Mike Miller.
Sophomore Jeff Drever, center, cuts a sheet of ¾” plywood with teammate Cole Claar, right.