Touchdown for Homes
A Program of the National Association of Home Builders and the National Football League Players Association

 

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Touchdown for Homes is a nationwide charitable outreach program of NAHB and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) that brings together local home builders’ associations and former NFL players to strengthen communities by building or renovating homes for veterans and families in need. 

The program was inspired by the Dallas former NFL players' chapter, who with the help of local home builders have built a home a year for a disadvantaged family since 2000 through their Holiday House program.    

Mission:

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. 

NFLPA logo "The D.C. Former Players' Chapter members are overwhelmed with excitement to have had the opportunity to work on this project. 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."

Calvin Snowden, 2012 President of the Washington, D.C. NFL Former Players' Chapter

Former NFL players work together at the service project

NAHB-NFLPA Joint Announcement Press Release: Home Builders, Former NFL Players Strengthen Communities with Touchdown for Homes

NAHB, the NFLPA and local former players' chapters and home builders' associations in communities around the country are working together on a variety of charitable projects. Learn about the projects that have already been completed, as well as a list of communities where future projects are currently being organized:

Completed Projects:

Washington, D.C. 

Renovation of a section of the St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home in Hyattsville, Md., with the Washington D.C. former NFL players' chapter and the Home Builders Care Foundation of the Maryland National Capital Area Building Industry Association. 

Sponsors: Mohawk Flooring and MidSouth Building Supply.

See the photos and read the story.  

 

Men attaching a cabinet to a wall

Chicago

Group of volunteers for AMIKids Infinity projectVolunteers from the Chicago former NFL 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.

Sponsor: Lowe's.

Learn more.

Chicago project volunteersIn August, 2012, members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago and the Chicago NFLPA Former Players Chapter handed over the keys to a brand-new, 1,900 sq. foot, mortgage-free home to an Army veteran 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. 

The home was made possible through the generosity of home builder New American Homes, Operation Finally Home and other supplier companies to the home building industry.

Learn more.   

  

Atlanta Touchdown for Homes project volunteersAtlanta 

Members of the Atlanta former NFL 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. 

Learn more and see photos.

Former NFL player paints doorThe 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.

Learn more and see photos.  

For their third project, in October 2013, the former players and home builders spent a HomeAid Care day working on a residence run by Decatur Cooperative Ministry, a nonprofit organization that offers comprehensive services to help families prevent, endure, and overcome homelessness. 

Learn more and see photos.

 

Dallas former NFL players, home builders with home recipientDallas

A three-bedroom, two-bath home was built in just three days for a South Dallas resident in November, 2011, by members of the Dallas NFLPA Former Players Chapter, the HBA of Greater Dallas, the Housing/Community Services Department of the City of Dallas, the People Helping People program, skilled tradesmen and volunteers.

Read the story in the Dallas News.

 

Volunteers at Touchdown for Homes in NaplesNaples

In March 2012, former NFL player chapter leaders attending the NFLPA Former Players Convention in Marco Island, Fla., spent an afternoon working side-by-side with students enrolled in the Lely High School Construction Academy and members of the Collier Building Industry Association building sheds for Habitat homes.

Learn more. 

See photos from the event.

 

Former Seattle Seahawks volunteersSeattle

In April 2012, members of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties and the Master Builders Care Foundation worked with the Seattle former NFL players' chapter to construct a courtyard gathering space for residents of YouthCare’s Straley House, a home for youth in Seattle who previously lived on the streets or were victims of abuse.

Labor and materials were be donated by various members of the local homebuilding industry including volunteer builder captain Pacific Landscape Management, the Weisman Design Group, Tarrazo Marble and Stone, Trendset, Mutual Materials and Economy Fence Center.

Learn more and see photos.

  

Volunteers and veterans in front of a bannerPittsburgh

In August 2012, members of the Builder's Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh, friends, volunteers and other organizations including members of the Pittsburgh Former NFL Players chapter welcomed home the family of retired Marine Staff Sergeant 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.Autographed Steelers construction helmets  

 Read more about the project, watch a video and see clips from television news coverage on the BAMP website.

Watch a video of the reveal ceremony created by project sponsor 84 Lumber Company.

 

 

Group at ground breaking ceremony in New OrleansNew Orleans

On Feb. 1, 2013, members of the HBA of Louisiana, the HBA of Greater New Orleans and the New Orleans former NFL 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 days in order to be completed in time for the 2013 Super Bowl that was played in New Orleans on Feb. 3. Future plans for the development include more homes, retail space, an early childhood center a health center, and more.

Learn more.

See drawings of the homes and more at LATouchdownforhomes.com.

Watch the video.

 

Orleans, Mass.

Members of the Cape Cod Home Builders got together with Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod and members of the NFLPA New England Former Players Chapter in September 2013 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.

Watch a time-lapse video of the home's construction.  

 

Projects Being Planned:   

 

Get Involved:Washington DC former NFL players' chapter members

These projects couldn't happen without the generosity and support of local home builders' associations, NAHB members, former NFL players and home building industry suppliers.

National sponsors include Lowe's and DuPont, and local projects are supported by dozens of local businesses.

Suppliers can find out how to get involved by completing the Touchdown for Homes Supplier Form.

To find out how your HBA or former NFL players' chapter can get involved, email Gwyn Donohue or call her at 800-368-5242, ext. 8447.


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