ROXBURY, NJ – The young men who play varsity football for Roxbury High School know a lot about teamwork on the field. Today a dozen of them practiced teamwork on a construction site.

Joined by three parents, the twelve Roxbury Gaels – juniors and seniors in the upcoming school year - spent the day volunteering their services at the Habitat for Humanity project being built on Main Street in Succasunna.

The outing was organized by parent Mike Spitzer who was joined at the site by parents Jason Doer and John Mastandrea. Spitzer said it’s important for the student-athletes to be involved in community outreach initiatives.

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The help was welcomed by Habitat for Humanity Construction Supervisor Michael Dakak. He decided what the young men would do all day and helped make sure they did it right.

Among the jobs tackled by the footballers during the brutally hot day was installing fire caulking and fire insulation throughout the house. The teammates also did some site cleanup and a bit of aluminum flashing installation.

Great Helpers

Dakak said he loves having volunteer helpers. Although few come to the with any construction experience, they are all willing to learn and work hard, he said.

“They are wonderful,” Dakak commented. “It’s amazing how much work gets done by people who don’t know anything about construction.”

The 12-unit project, at 119 and 121 Main Street, will have two buildings with each containing six condominium units. With donations of money and labor, Habitat for Humanity provides homes to families with limited incomes. 

The homes are sold to families who win a lottery and pass a screening process. The chosen families must invest many hours of their own labor into building the structures and helping with other Habitat for Humanity efforts.

Dakak said the first 6-unit building should be ready for occupation by late December. Then work will begin on the second structure, anticipated to be finished next summer, he said.

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