Governor's Joplin Challenge http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov Building Homes for Joplin Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:03:49 +0000 en hourly 1 Matheny, McGwire visit Joplin http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/matheny-mcgwire-visit-joplin/ http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/matheny-mcgwire-visit-joplin/#comments Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:42:05 +0000 cusums http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/?p=990 Members of the Cardinals visit Joplin, Missouri to distribute $200,000 and help build homes for the community damaged by tornadoes.

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Working in Joplin with the Cardinals http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/working-in-joplin-with-the-cardinals/ http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/working-in-joplin-with-the-cardinals/#comments Tue, 21 Aug 2012 14:47:56 +0000 jlin http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/?p=968 The St. Louis Cardinals arrived in Joplin ready to work on Monday, led by manager Mike Matheny, team president Bill DeWitt III and hitting coach Mark McGwire. The Cardinals were also joined by members of the Springfield Cardinals, St. Louis’ minor-league team.

St. Louis Cardinals raise a wall in Joplin.

Like the other sports teams, the Cardinals neighborhoods has five homes sponsored by Habitat for Humanity and the workers managed to raise the walls and roofs for all five before the day was over. Temperatures did not reach as high as previous build days held by other Missouri sports teams, though with highs in the 90s, water bottles and sweet tea being dispensed from golf carts was a welcome sight for all the workers.


Watch video of the St. Louis Cardinals building new homes in Joplin.

Mike Matheny climbs a ladder in Joplin.

Fredbird, mascot for the St. Louis Cardinals, enlivened the proceedings with humorous antics – charming a kiss from a volunteer at one point – and everyone kept their hammers busy. Many a shirt and helmet was signed, many a camera phone picture was taken. (Check out our Facebook album here.) In addition to the five houses, the Cardinals also presented donations adding up to $200,000 to four charities based in Joplin. The money was raised last summer by fans and players.

By the time the team started packing up to leave in the afternoon, only a few media members still lingered. But the joking and good cheer remained among the Cardinals, professional builders and volunteers.

Mark McGwire hammers some nails in Joplin.

“It’s pretty cool,” McGwire said. “That’s what America’s all about – people helping out each other. I’m just happy to be part of the Cardinal organization and for them to ask us to come down.”

Fredbird pulls some antics in Joplin

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Mizzou returns to Joplin to paint new homes http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/mizzou-returns-to-joplin-to-paint-new-homes/ http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/mizzou-returns-to-joplin-to-paint-new-homes/#comments Thu, 16 Aug 2012 16:34:50 +0000 cusums http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/?p=962 Mizzou student-athletes returned to Joplin Aug. 16 to continue their participation in the Governor’s Joplin Challenge. On this trip, Mizzou athletes, coaches and volunteers painted new homes for tornado victims.

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St. Louis Blues Build Homes in Joplin http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/st-louis-blues-build-homes-in-joplin/ http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/st-louis-blues-build-homes-in-joplin/#comments Mon, 30 Jul 2012 21:50:58 +0000 klimcy http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/?p=935 Volunteers chatted under the summer sun as the St. Louis Blues arrived in Joplin for the Governor’s Joplin Challenge. Bob Plager, former NHL player and hockey legend, was one of the first to step off the bus, followed by mascot Louie Blues and the rest of teams’ staff.

Families were there to greet the volunteers and work alongside them to build their new homes. Louise Galbraith looks forward to finally having stability, and she was overwhelmed as she watched the walls of her house go up.

“It’s just amazing,” Galbraith said.

Ashli Robinson, another home recipient, was there with her children Jadyn and Garren. She looks forward to decorating her children’s rooms.

“I’ve got some different ideas of how I want to do things, but I’m focusing on the kids first,” Robinson said.

Plager explained that the Blues were happy to be giving back to families in the Joplin community.

“The big guy has been very good to me.” Plager said. “So to come down here and to help somebody else out, it’s great for me. “

Blues staff helped build five homes before moving on to a local food depository, where they shelved food that helps about 250 families a month.

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Following the Tigers on a Build Day http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/following-the-tigers-on-a-build-day/ http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/following-the-tigers-on-a-build-day/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:08:13 +0000 jlin http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/?p=898 June 29, 2012, 10:00 AM – Temperature: 89⁰F
“The Tigers are coming! The Tigers are coming!”

Two buses arrive at the corner of 25th and Virginia in Joplin, Mo., and Mizzou’s student-athletes, including the gymnastics team, football players and football coach Gary Pinkel, step off the buses to the delight of the volunteers already on location.

Opening introductions are brief and businesslike, and Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity executive director Scott Clayton quickly divides the volunteers into five teams. Everyone is ready to work.

Mizzou gymnast Katelyn Trevino collects a tool belt from a bin

Mizzou gymnast Katelyn Trevino collects a tool belt and helmet from one of the provided bins. This is her third trip to Joplin since last year, and she plans to keep volunteering.

“I think the really cool part about this is these are all volunteers,” she says. “No one at Mizzou Athletics is required to come here. Everyone is taking time out of their day, out of their lives to come and help others.”

11:30 AM – Temperature: 92⁰F
The five Mizzou houses in the Joplin Challenge neighborhood have been largely constructed by volunteers in previous visits. Today, it’s their task to put doors, windows and siding on the unfinished buildings. The professional contractor leading Team 3 assigns Trevino to measure and cut siding.

Pat Ivey and Katelyn Trevino measure siding

Pat Ivey, Assistant Director for Athletic Performance, measures and cuts siding at 30, 60 and 90 inches to allow the panels to be staggered when they’re nailed to the walls.

“Some of our edges are not as straight as they could be, so we hope they understand this house was built out of love,” Ivey says with a smile.

This is Ivey’s first time volunteering in Joplin to build houses, and the visit hits a little closer to home for him than for some.

“There was a tornado in Columbia, Missouri in 1998 and my duplex was hit by the tornado,” he says. “So I know what it feels like. It’s definitely something I want to give back because there were some good people that took care of us.”

2:00 PM – Temperature: 96⁰F
Katelyn Trevino drinks a bottle of water

After a hasty lunch of sub sandwiches at noon, it’s back to work and the siding goes up slowly but surely. Temperatures are continuing to rise, and, how is everyone handling the blazing sun and dusty conditions?

“Like a champ,” Trevino says.

“We’re practicing what we preach,” Ivey says. “We’re staying hydrated and taking breaks.”

The Mizzou contingent isn’t the only group of volunteers here today. Volunteers from Joplin businesses and organizations have also been working alongside the athletes and sports staff. Michael Flenniken, general manager of a local Red Lobster, helps cut siding and and assists with other tasks for Team 3’s house.

Michael Flenniken cuts siding

Flenniken was in Joplin last year when the tornado hit.

“It was eerie,” he says. “There’s nothing I can compare it to ever in my life.”

It’s been a while since he’s done construction work – ten years, in fact – but he’s game for it.

“I’ll definitely be coming back to help build these houses because it’s the right thing to do.”

3:00 PM – Temperature: 99⁰
Mizzou Tigers pose in front of a house

Doors, windows and siding have been successfully hung, and the Tigers call it a day. But before heading back to Columbia, first there’s a stop at the Joplin YMCA to play games with local children and sign autographs. Katelyn Trevino directs a lively game of tag along with her fellow athletes.

“I think it’s awesome how kids can see the positives,” Trevino says. “The kids give everyone a reminder that everyone always has a reason to smile everyday, no matter how bad things are.”

Mizzou student-athletes play tag with children at the local YMCA

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Rams visit Joplin community and help build homes http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/rams-visit-joplin-community-and-help-build-homes-2/ http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/rams-visit-joplin-community-and-help-build-homes-2/#comments Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:07:28 +0000 klimcy http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/?p=872 The St. Louis Rams arrived in Joplin to help build homes as part of the Governor’s Joplin Challenge. Their day started at the Boys and Girls Club where they played with kids. Laughter and excitement echoed throughout the gymnasium as children chased down football players and played catch. Rams Running Back Isaiah Pead was reminded of what it’s like to be a kid.

“We went to the boys and girls club and played with the kids, I was just drenched in sweat playing around with them and being a child.”

They then headed to city hall and ate lunch with the families whose homes were being built. A few football players listened to Tracy Anderson, a recipient of a Habitat for Humanity, as she told her story of May 22.

“I’m humbled by it, I’ve never been a part of a tornado tragedy so to see it just kind of sets you back a little,” Pead said. “But you can’t feel sorry for yourself, you got to help the community help the people and continue t pray and wish for the best.”
Players arrived to the build site and got straight to work. Rams cheerleaders were also on site and helped put the roof framing up on houses.

Volunteers from all over the United States were also there to extend a helping hand. Jennifer Leger and 5 of her church members, traveled from Massachusetts to help paint trim and raise walls.

“I’m grateful to be here and grateful for the experiences I’ve had here and we wish the best to the Joplin community,” Leger said.

Tracy Anderson interacted with the players as they raised walls on her home. She is excited to put sweat equity into her home and looks forward to helping other families build theirs.

“I want to build other people’s houses, because I want to give back.” Anderson said. “All these other people have lost their homes, I’m so excited to help them and see their walls go up and see their excitement, because I’ll know how they are feeling.”
For more information on the Governor’s Joplin Challenge or to learn how you can help visit joplinchallenge.mo.gov.

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Mizzou student-athletes help families build homes in Joplin http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/mizzou-student-athletes-help-families-build-homes-in-joplin/ http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/mizzou-student-athletes-help-families-build-homes-in-joplin/#comments Mon, 25 Jun 2012 21:37:34 +0000 klimcy http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/?p=851 Mizzou student-athletes arrived on the corner of 26th street and Virginia Ave early on Friday morning to build homes for families affected by last year’s tornado. As a member of the Governor’s Joplin Challenge, Mizzou is working with Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity, six professional sports organizations and thousands of volunteers to build 35 homes in Joplin. These homes will be available for families affected by last year’s tornado, and the receiving families have the opportunity to meet the sports stars as they help rebuild neighborhoods.

Members of Mizzou’s diving, gymnastics and football teams made the trip to Joplin to participate in the build, including Mizzou Quarterback James Franklin.

“I think it’s really great to be out here and be a part of this because of what happened,“ Franklin said. “Also, the homeowners are out here. To see the excitement on their faces whenever we are helping them out is something that’s really special.”

Jessica Carroll and her four-year-old daughter Rihanna are looking forward to moving back into their neighborhood. They are currently living in an apartment on the other side of town, and both mother and daughter are thankful to Mizzou athletes for helping them build their home.

“I think it’s really neat that all the teams are coming and contributing to all of this.”

Mizzou student Mason Bartlett made the trip to Joplin with the student-athletes to build homes alongside families and other volunteers.

“It’s awesome, you can tell they are really grateful and they’ve been through a lot, so it helps just to be able to help out somebody that needs it,” Barlett said.

With volunteers, students, athletes and professional contractors working together, the framing for new houses went up in a matter of hours. Franklin praised the construction workers and their skill.

“People say for my job or playing quarterback, people say ‘Wow how did you do that,’ I’m saying the same thing about these guys. They are moving real fast and being precise, so I’m thinking this is amazing to see.”

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Rams make trip to Joplin http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/rams-make-trip-to-joplin/ http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/rams-make-trip-to-joplin/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2012 16:08:07 +0000 cusums http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/?p=841 The St. Louis Rams arrived in Joplin to help build homes as part of the Governor’s Joplin Challenge. Their day started at the Boys and Girls Club where they played with kids. Laughter and excitement echoed throughout the gymnasium as children chased down football players and played catch. Rams Running Back Isaiah Pead was reminded of what it’s like to be a kid.

“We went to the boys and girls club and played with the kids, I was just drenched in sweat playing around with them and being a child.”

They then headed to city hall and ate lunch with the families whose homes were being built. A few football players listened to Tracy Anderson, a recipient of a Habitat for Humanity, as she told her story of May 22.

“I’m humbled by it, I’ve never been a part of a tornado tragedy so to see it just kind of sets you back a little,” Pead said. “But you can’t feel sorry for yourself, you got to help the community help the people and continue to pray and wish for the best.”

Players arrived to the build site and got straight to work. Rams cheerleaders were also on site and helped put the roof framing up on houses.

Volunteers from all over the United States were also there to extend a helping hand. Jennifer Leger and 5 of her church members, traveled from Massachusetts to help paint trim and raise walls.

“I’m grateful to be here and grateful for the experiences I’ve had here and we wish the best to the Joplin community,” Leger said.

Tracy Anderson interacted with the players as they raised walls on her home. She is excited to put sweat equity into her home and looks forward to helping other families build theirs.

“I want to build other people’s houses, because I want to give back.” Anderson said. “All these other people have lost their homes, I’m so excited to help them and see their walls go up and see their excitement, because I’ll know how they are feeling.”

For more information on the Governor’s Joplin Challenge visit joplinchallenge.mo.gov.

Help rebuild Joplin and take the challenge with the Rams today!

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Kansas City Chiefs build homes in Joplin http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/kansas-city-chiefs-build-homes-in-joplin/ http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/kansas-city-chiefs-build-homes-in-joplin/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2012 19:48:55 +0000 cusums http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/?p=814 Continued]]> Two dozen Kansas City Chiefs players joined over 100 Chiefs staffers on a sweltering Friday to build homes for their part of the Governor’s Joplin Challenge, raising walls and roofs for five homes.

“We didn’t make this mandatory,” Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said. “We just told them in a team meeting that this is what we’re doing, gave a little background, told them about the disaster and what the team did last year. And we said whoever wants in can be in. That was really it.”

The build day came immediately after a Chiefs mini training camp, and many of the players were giving up a vacation day to go to Joplin.

“I heard about the devastation to the community,” Chiefs rookie Dontari Poe said. “It wasn’t really a question for me, whether I would come or not.”

The athletes worked with construction professionals and Habitat for Humanity volunteers to build the homes. Quarterback Brady Quinn, whose father was a homebuilder, made use of his construction experience despite admonitions to stay away from the nail gun.

“It’s an incredible feeling just to be able to give back,” Quinn said, “especially to fans and people in the community.”

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Tailgating with the Tigers http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/tailgating-with-the-tigers/ http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/tailgating-with-the-tigers/#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2012 14:22:11 +0000 cusums http://joplinchallenge.mo.gov/?p=781 Mizzou student-athletes traveled to Joplin on June 8 for the Governor’s Joplin Challenge and the chance to meet some of the families who will receive homes and volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which sells construction materials and home furnishings at a discounted price.

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Alongside other teams in Missouri, Mizzou will work with volunteers to build 35 homes in Joplin this summer, and the chance to meet the families who will receive the homes was important to many Mizzou athletes

“I thought it would just be a great opportunity to come out and support this community,” said Sarah Thune, a senior communications and business major and soccer player from MU, whose interest in volunteering was piqued after hearing from other MU volunteers. “I hadn’t been here yet and today it’s all about the families and all of us are super excited to be here and get involved.”

Thune said she most looks forward to seeing the families’ reactions once the homes are complete.

“They’ve gone through so much and to know that there’s not just sporting teams in Missouri, but everybody’s behind them and wants the best for them and ultimately just seeing the community whole again,” Thune said.

Learn more about taking the Governor’s Joplin Challenge with your favorite teams and athletes at joplinchallenge.mo.gov.

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