The Virginia field hockey team traded their sticks for nail guns on Tuesday and helped out at Habitat for Humanity's Belmont Cottages site in Charlottesville.
"They want to be together and really do something worthwhile in the community," said head coach Michele Madison. "It's a no-brainer for them, they're like 'yeah, let's do Habitat for Humanity.'"
"I feel like as a team we really like to give back to the community, especially doing stuff like this kind of has a lot of teamwork together outside of the field hockey thing," said sophomore forward Taylor Brown. "It helps us bond a lot too."
It was a rare day off from practice for the 'Hoos, who have a scrimmage on Thursday and then open up the season Aug. 30 against Louisville.
"We all came back a week early to kind of hang out and practice a little together and play a little bit," Brown said of the team's anticipation for the upcoming season. "That's kind of helped us prepare well.
"We already are really comfortable with each other, especially with a lot of first years coming in, it's really good."
Madison says spending Tuesday at the Habitat project was great way to build even more chemistry before season starts.
"Everyone's job is important. From putting the nail in, to cheering on the coach or putting the glue gun, every single job is important or the house doesn't get built, so I think that's an important lesson that we'll take from this."