The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter is hoping to make a difference in the life of a local disabled veteran, ‘Ed,’ as the group takes to the hard court in a basketball game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers Footballers Basketball team at 8 p.m. Monday, May 4, at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center.
“This fundraiser with players from the Pittsburgh Steelers organization is crucial in raising money needed to provide ‘Ed,’ with decent, affordable housing. ‘Ed’ spent all of his money caring for his wife who recently passed away from Lou Gehrig’s Disease and he now lives in very poor conditions. He has sacrificed so much for his country and his family and now has very little. For nearly a decade the Pitt-Johnstown Habitat for Humanity students worked with ‘Ed’ to try and make his home safe and livable, but to no avail. The students decided that the only logical step was to get him into a Habitat for Humanity home. The love and commitment that these students have shown to him, and that he has shown to them in return, is very touching,” said Bryan Valentine, Pitt-Johnstown director of student activities/participation and union activities.
Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the Student Union Information Desk. Money raised at the event will be used to help make it possible for ‘Ed’ to move into suitable housing.
An autograph session will be held at halftime.
For additional information, contact the Pitt-Johnstown Office of Student Life at 814-269-7065 or visit www.habitat.org; www.pitt.edu/~upjhfhcc; www.hhofcc.com.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.