Flames player helps families
Calgary Flames defenceman Mark Giordano traded in his hockey stick for a hammer when he and some PGA Tour Canada players helped build a duplex for Habitat for Humanity in Evanston on Tuesday.
The group chipped in with exterior work, including siding on the garage, cutting baseboards, and various jobs on the home’s interior, including moulding.
Giordano is honorary chair for the PGA Tour’s 2013 ATB Financial Classic, which runs until Sunday at the Country Hills Golf Club.
He’s taken part in several Habitat for Humanity projects in Alberta during the past two years and calls the program “more of a hand up than a hand out.”
To qualify for a home through the program, families are required to log 500 volunteer hours.
“It helps families get a safe home and under a roof, but at the same time, they have to put the hours in,” said Giordano.
“Meeting a few of the families, they’re very appreciative, very hard working and in a lot of cases, they’ve got four or five children and it’s tough — but they’re willing to work and put in the time.”
The Evanston build is a twostorey duplex with 1,030 square feet on either side. Two families are expected to take possession of the home this August. Work on the duplex started last October. The golfers who rolled up their sleeves for the project include Brett Kanda, Jeff Rangel, James Allenby, Chris Cunningham, Ryan Williams, David Byrne and David Lang, along with PGA Tour president Jeff Monday.
“While their livelihood is what they do inside the ropes, they’re very active in making sure they participate in the community in which we have the tournaments,” said Monday.
“To do this where you can really see the fruits of your labour, and our labour is a lot less than other people are putting into this, it means a lot to our players.”
He added, some of the skills they display on the greens have translated to the construction site.
“My guess is they’re a lot better on the golf course than they are on a house, but I’ve seen some guys wielding the hammer pretty well here,” he said, laughing. “They’ve got that nice motion through the golf swing.”
But, Giordano added, nobody will confuse him for a handyman.
“I’m actually pretty terrible at it,” he joked, adding assistance from experienced builders had been essential. “That’s another good thing about coming out to these builds. You learn a lot and they teach you how to use different power tools and do different things around the house that can help in the long run.”
Above and left, Calgary Flames blueliner Mark Giordano, in red hard hat, at a Habitat for Humanity project in Evanston. He joined players from the PGA Tour Canada to help construct a duplex.