Memphis Grizzlies traded their basketballs for hammers on Friday.
Players, coaches, and executives helped build homes for Habitat for Humanity.
They helped build four houses in the Bearwater Park neighborhood. Homeowners stood side-by-side with the team to get it done.
“They're willing to do whatever to make this community better,” guard Vince Carter said.
For Carter, this was more important than handshakes and autographs.
“This is the bigger picture, in my opinion,” he said. “You're making a difference, you're building a home, you say being a part of the community--this is being a part of the community.”
Habitat for Humanity representatives said after everything is hammered out, there will be 21 new homes in the neighborhood by the beginning of November.
Homeowner Bjorna Brantley said seeing the players hard at work is a blessing.
“There's a lot of good people in the world; I'm surprised, [but] at the same time I'm not,” Brantley said.
Grizzlies Head Coach David Fizdale said you don’t need to be famous to be a part of something bigger.
“As long as you're willing to do it, there are a lot of projects in Memphis I could use people’s help,” Fizdale said.
Building homes from the ground up is one project that will make Brantley cheer for the home team.
“Go Grizz! They got up early and everybody took the time to help,” she said.
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