BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Super Bowl championship Ravens are going to drop the ball and pick up a hammer and a saw this summer.
Mary Bubala reports it’s all part of a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake will soon have a whole lot of big helping hands and brute force of Ravens players to build three new rowhomes in Pigtown.
The Ravens’ community foundation will fund the construction.
The new homes will go up in a neighborhood near M&T Bank Stadium in need of decent housing.
“We are going to have two work days and get players and coaches and staff members of the Ravens out here working,” said Dick Cass, Ravens team president. “We are looking forward to getting this work down and looking forward to seeing these houses go up.”
The Ravens will work on the homes in May and June.
The team’s participation with Habitat may have something to do with the intense rivalry between John Harbaugh and his brother Jim.
“I said I understand your brother is very involved in Habitat and he said ‘Yeah, Jim goes to Peru for the last five years. He’s a long time supporter of Habitat.’ And about 15 seconds went by and I didn’t say anything and John looked at me and said, ‘You know? We are going to do something with Habitat,'” said Mike Posko, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake.
Regina Morrison has lived in Pigtown for 15 years. She will move into one of the first Raven rowhouses.
It will be on Ward Street and she can walk to work as a homeowner for the very first time.
“Having lived and worked on Ward Street, I can see the difference that homeownership makes and I want to be a part of that difference,” Morrison said.
The homes will be ready for families to move in this fall.
The three Ravens rowhomes will be part of more than 20 new homes in the Pigtown area built by Habitat for Humanity.