WILMINGTON, N.C. - Ten UNC Wilmington's student-athletes joined Director of Athletics Kelly Mehrtens and Head Women's Basketball Coach Ann Hancock early Saturday to participate in Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity's "Women Build" program.

"Women Build" is Habitat's volunteer program for women who want to learn construction skills and make a difference by building homes and communities. "Women Build" projects have been adopted by Habitat affiliates across the United States and around the world.

All of the construction on "Women Build" homes is done by women in the community who want to build and provide affordable house in their communities.

Under the watchful eye of Esmond Anderson, construction superintendent for Cape Fear Habitat, the group assembled at 505 Hope Street to install vinyl siding on a home under construction.

Mehrtens and Hancock were joined on the project by women's track and field team members Anne Powell, Shanelle Foster, Lauren Donaldson, Karen Kazaglis, Jessica Van Haulst and Keonna Eaton as well as women's basketball players Brittany Gamby, Jessica Freeman, Martha White and Theresa Jackson-Henderson.

"I'm very proud of our student-athletes for contributing their time on a Saturday morning for such a worthwhile cause," said Mehrtens. "I think they enjoyed working alongside folks from the community, learning some new skills, and certainly helping someone achieve their dream of owning a home."