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Habitat for Humanity Build, Indianapolis

The Wabash Athletic Department partnered with the NCAA and Habitat for Humanity to assist on a one-day build. Eight student-athletes and 11 coaches and staff members worked alongside NCAA staffers on the two-house job site on southwest side of Indianapolis.

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The group poses for a photo proior to getting started on the day's work.

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Dave Hoggatt (right), one of Habitat for Humanity's Tiger Team leders, goes over instructions for the group.

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Associate Head Football Coach Jake Gilbert (left) and Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Clyde Morgan work out a plan to attack the day.

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Nate Matelic '27 eyes a task.

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Habitat's Ed Abbott (left) demonstrates the use of a hand saw as  group members look on, including (from second from left) Cooper Jarvis '25; Louise McCleary, NCAA vice president of Division III; Matt Tanney, Wabash athletics director, and Katie Mucci, NCAA assistant director of Division III.

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Head Swimming and Diving Coach Will Bernhardt (left) listens intently as Abbott explains a task.

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Abbott (center) explains the safety precautions of the miter saw for Jacks (left) and Gavin Ruppert '26.

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Jacks settles in on a miter saw.

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Frank Hartman (left) talks through a project with (from left) Allison Manwell, assistant athletic director; Emile Conde, assistant track and field coach; Daniel Bickett, head tennis coach; and Amber Rae, a Habitat for Humanity homeowner.

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Jacks measures a length of baseboard molding.

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Hartman (right) helps Rae discover the feeling that comes with the power of the saw blade.

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Matelic concentrates on a task.

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Conde (left) and Bickett work together gathering measurements.

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Manwell executes a cut.

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Gilbert tidies up a spot on the front porch.

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Abbott (right) takes a moment to anser a question from Jacks.

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Ayrton Graziano '27 (center) shares a laugh with a member of the NCAA's social media team.

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Adam Mullett '26 thoughtfully approaches some cabinetry work.

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McCleary asks for assistance.

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Eric Hartung, director of Division III, concentrates on the cabinet installation.

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Melissa Richards (left), one of the Habitat homeowners at this site, chats with Ali Teopas Spurgen, NCAA associate director of Division III.

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Assistant Athletics Director Tori Gregory assists with cuts to baseboard molding.

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Bickett (left) and Conde work together on the miter saw.

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Noah Villalon '26 works on a door frame.

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After measuring, Ruppert (right) marks a cut as Jacks looks on.

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Evan Miller '26 checks the progress of the ongoing work.

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Athletics Commuication Director Brent Harris assists with a door.

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Tanney gathers measurements in of of the homes' dining areas.

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Mullett (left) talks with Bill Regan, NCAA managing director of Division III.

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Tanney (right) and J.P. Wiley, Habitat for Humanity's senior corporate development officer, talk with others on the job site. 

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Jackson Goodyear '27 (left) chats with Villalon.

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Mullett (left) and Graziano (center) get some tips on the meticulousness of cabinet installation from Habitat's Joe Kessler.

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Tanney (center) enjoys a light moment with Abbott (left) and McCleary.

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Then the focus turns back to the baseboards.

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Habitat for Humanity Site Coordinator Mark Payne (center) gives direction to the group.

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Villalon helps move a large pallet.

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Wiley (right) and Felicia Martin, NCAA vice president of inclusion, education, and community engagement, talked to the group about the importance and impacts of thier efforts on the job site during the lunch break.

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Tanney spoke of how such service was a direct link to Wabash's core mission.

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Habitat for Humanity's Abri Hochstetler, vice president of development and communications, thaked all in attendance for their hard work.

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Ruppert is interviewd on location by WISH-TV.

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Bernhardt works a miter saw with Gregory's help.

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Matelic installs a baseboard to the kitchen cabinets under the watchful eye of WISH-TV.

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Clark Tinder '20, assistant director of facilities, equipment, and game operations, is all smiles.

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Hard hats await the end of the day.

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The adage learned on nearly every job site: measure twice, cut once.

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Conde pays attention to detail.

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Miller cleans up.

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Gregory (left) and Bernhardt make certain these corner pieces will fit togther perfectly.

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No one was happier to use a nail gun than Morgan.

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The Wabash group, pictured at the end of the day, with well-earned Habitat for Humanity hard hats.

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