The Golden Eagles helped to clean and paint the house from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

The Minnesota, Crookston softball team made the short trek down Highway 2 to Erskine, Minn., Saturday, Nov. 10 to donate their time and helping hands to Habitat for Humanity as they helped prepare a house to be sold. The Golden Eagles helped to clean and paint the house from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. that Saturday morning.

“It was something different that we had never done as a team before,” said UMC senior pitcher Stacey Marcum (Merrill, Wis.). “It was good for the team to get out and into the community and give something back. We painted a lot of the rooms in the house and made sure it was spotless for ‘Habitat for Humanity’ to showcase the house.”

“It was a really good experience and I really enjoyed being able to give something back to the community,” said Golden Eagle freshman Brooke Timmins (C/1B, Magnolia, Texas). “We draw on the community so much going to school and playing softball in a small town. It it is nice to be able to do something like this for the community especially because they give so much to us in terms of coming out to our games and supporting our program.”

Habitat for Humanity International is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization devoted to building "simple, decent, and affordable" housing. The organization was started in 1976 in Americus, Ga., by Millard and Linda Fuller. Habitat for Humanity has built more than 500,000 houses, sheltering more than 1.75 million people in more than five continents and 3,000 communities worldwide.

The Golden Eagle softball team will open up its first season under new head coach Ed Deugan, March 15 at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. UMC will continue its tour of the Eastern U.S. during their Spring Break trip with games March 17 at Union College in Barbourville, Ky., March 18 at Brevard College in Brevard, N.C., March 19 at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Ga., March 20 at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, S.C. and March 22 at Point University in West Point, Ga. UMC will open up the conference season March 26 at home against Bemidji State.