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Gallery: Storm Helps Habitat for Humanity

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May 5, 2010

The Seattle Storm kicked off the WNBA Cares Week of Service on Wednesday by volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity of East King County's Issaquah Highlands project site. Storm employees spent the day working to help construct new homes for hard-working, low-income families.They helped put up siding and built frames inside the houses. Among the volunteers were CEO Karen Bryant and Anne Levinson and Dawn Trudeau from Force 10 Hoops L.L.C., the Storm's ownership group. They were joined after practice by the Storm's players and coaches, who pitched in and also participated in a ceremony featuring speeches by Bryant and Habitat Executive Director Tom Granger and Resource Development Director Mary Martin.

The most emotional part of the day came when Lola Reyes, the single mother of two boys who will move into one of the homes under construction, shared her story of how Habitat for Humanity has allowed her to become a homeowner. Reyes became emotional at times before ultimately inviting Storm players over to dinner after her family moves in this summer.

This is also Habitat for Humanity's National Women Build Week. To date, Women Build crews have built more than 1,400 Habitat houses nationwide.

Martin speaks as the assembled Storm players listen.
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Bryant acknowledges Reyes' younger son, who was in attendance.
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The Storm's Camille Little gets tips from on-site experts from Americorps.
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Lauren Jackson helps sweep inside one of the homes under construction.
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Jackson and Swin Cash survey the worksite.
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Rookie Alison Lacey and the other Storm players toured the site to see the construction in progress.
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