Brick-by-brick, Vols football players build Knoxville family new home

Volunteer football players help Knoxville Habititat for Humanity build new home

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Players, staff, and friends from the University of Tennessee football program gathered to dedicate a home on Thursday. They’ve been building the Habitat for Humanity house in conjunction with the Haslam Family Foundation.

Homeowner Donna Turner was overjoyed and touched as the dedication was made. Vol football players prayed, asking God to bless the house during the dedication.

More: Building a Better Future | Knoxville Habitat for Humanity

“It was wonderful. Nobody knows what goes on during the off season. For them to take time from their busy schedule to come out and help a family build their house from the ground up is a wonderful experience,” said Jonisha Brabson, who will be moving into the house with her mother, Donna. Even Barb Jones, wife of Coach Butch Jones helped make this a reality.


Earlier in July we showed you a group of UT coaches’ wives hard at work. “It’s very rewarding. From phase one to the look on her face now. She is genuinely happy to be moving in. It’s very rewarding,” said Barb Jones, wife of Coach Butch Jones.

Among the players at the dedication was Curt Maggitt, who said the gift, to himself, was in that moment where he could see the family’s joy.
“It’s not as much what you do on the field, as what you do off the field,” Maggitt said.

For Jonisha and her family, now comes the excitement of starting over.
It’s a new chapter in a new home for their family.

“Floor plans are already laid down, the colors of the walls & posters. Go Vols!” Jonisha said.

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