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Hellgate Football Helps Habitat for Humanity

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Hellgate football player Zach Bauer spent his day compressing dirt.  Bauer and his Knight teammates and coaches are helping Habitat for Humanity build a house on Seventh Street in Missoula. 

"We are building a house for somebody, making a home for them, and feeling good about it.  It's a great service that Habitat for Humanity does and really we're just glad to be a part of it," said Hellgate Head Football Coach R.L. Boyles.

"It feels really good to come out here and help the community out," said Bauer.

Despite a severely sprained ankle, Hellgate Junior Josh Fortunati was not going to skip out on helping.  He's seen first hand how Habitat for Humanity can help as they built him and his Mom a home a few years ago.

"I appreciate it a lot, since we live in a nice neighborhood now.  Before I lived in one of these I lived in an apartment with my grandparents and now I moved in with my mom and we live pretty nice," said Fortunati.

This is the fourth year the Hellgate football team has joined with Habitat for Humanity and Coach Boyles says it's important for his players.

"So often as football players we are focused on us as a team and us as individuals in getting bigger and stronger and getting our team better.  What we want to here is help the community and look at something bigger than just ourselves," said Boyles.

"It feels good to help the community, be with your teammates, be with your friends and it just feels good overall," said Sean Gottman.

Coach Boyles says he not only likes Habitat for Humanity because of it's cause, but that it's tough work for his players, especially the ones with little construction experience.

"I don't the names of a lot of the things, I don't know what I'm most of the time I just try and do what they tell me," said Gottman.

"I think it's a great experience, every year when we get done at the end of the day we are going to be tired but we feel very proud to have done it and it's a good experience," said Boyles.

Habitat for Humanity is one of many community service projects the Hellgate football team is a part of, in a couple of weeks they will be up early helping with the Missoula Marathon.

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