A Program of NAHB and the National Football League Players Association
Touchdown for Homes is a nationwide charitable outreach program of NAHB and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) that brings together local HBAs and former NFL players to strengthen communities by building or renovating homes for veterans and families in need.
The program was inspired by the NFLPA's Dallas Former Players' Chapter, who teamed with local home builders to build one home a year, since 2000, for a disadvantaged family through its Holiday House program. Its mission is to strengthen communities across America by working to provide comfortable and suitable housing opportunities for individuals and families in need through cooperative programs of NFLPA and NAHB-affiliated local groups.
NAHB, the NFLPA and local former players' chapters and HBAs in communities around the country have worked together on a variety of charitable projects. Learn about their work in the following cities:
"The D.C. Former Players' Chapter members are overwhelmed with excitement to have had the opportunity to work on this project," said Calvin Snowden, 2012 President of the Washington, D.C. Former Players' Chapter. "This venture proves beyond a reasonable doubt that when committed groups like those involved in this effort come together, the result will be a positive difference in the lives of people in our community."
Volunteers from the NFLPA Chicago Former Players' Chapter, the HBA of Greater Chicago, the Northern Illinois HBA and HomeAid Chicago came together on Aug. 25, 2011, to perform renovation work at AMIKids Infinity, a nonprofit, community-based organization whose mission is to redirect the lives of at-risk youth and help them become productive citizens.
A year later, in August 2012, members of the HBA of Greater Chicago and the Chicago Former Players' Chapter handed over the keys to a brand-new, 1,900-sqaure foot, mortgage-free home to an Army veteran, who was severely burned in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan, and his family. The LIFEhouse™ is in the Newport Cove community near Antioch, Ill., and features universal design principles to accommodate the special needs of a wounded veteran.
Members of the Atlanta Former Players' Chapter, the Greater Atlanta HBA and HomeAid Atlanta teamed up for a HomeAid Care Day in November 2011, to repair and rejuvenate a home for Decatur Cooperative Ministry's Family House transitional program, which helps homeless Decatur and DeKalb families get back on their feet and rebuild their lives.
The Atlanta group's second project, in November 2012, involved completing extensive repairs and lawn work for Gilgal, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides housing and program services for homeless women with drug and/or alcohol addictions.
More than a dozen local companies donated materials and supplies.
For their third project, in October 2013, the former players and home builders spent a HomeAid Care Day working on a residence run by the Decatur Cooperative Ministry.
In August 2012, members of the Builder's Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh (BAMP), members of the Pittsburgh Former Players' Chapter, friends, volunteers and other organizations welcomed home the family of retired Marine Staff Sgt. Joshua Caskey to their newly renovated home in Cranberry Township, Pa., after a four-day home improvement “blitz.”
More than 140 BAMP member companies were involved in donating products or services.
Read more about the project, watch a video and see clips from television news coverage on the BAMP website.
On Feb. 1, 2013, members of the Louisiana HBA, the HBA of Greater New Orleans and the New Orleans Former Players' Chapter held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil three homes built as part of a major community redevelopment project in the Lower 9th Ward. These three homes were constructed in just 51 daysto be completed in time for the 2013 Super Bowl that was played in New Orleans on Feb. 3.
In September 2013, members of the Cape Cod Home Builders, Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod and members of the New England Former Players' Chapter for Blitz 2013, where they built "ONE home for ONE family in ONE week." The project brought awareness to the issue of lack of workforce housing on Cape Cod, and provided a home for a young couple, allowing them to continue to live, work and raise their family in a safe, affordable home. Meet the family.