June 3, 2013
WASHINGTON - A trio of former Georgetown baseball players got together last weekend to help on a special project for Habitat for Humanity with a group called the "Road Trip Crazies."
Habitat for Humanity specializes in repairing or building houses for people throughout the world. The Road Trip Crazies, stared by Lynchburg, Va. building contractor Tom Gerdy, travel the east coast assisting small communities with Habitat for Humanity builds. The Crazies have helped with builds Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and have extended out to Texas (Lamont's home state).
Lamont found out about the "Crazies" through his father, Bill, who has worked with the group in the past. Lamont, Meyer and Isaacs met in Budd Lake, N.J., on a build for a mother of three who had two kids attending college.
The build that the Crazies participate in is referred to as a "blitz build" because the majority of the house is built over the course of two days. Lamont explained that the family has to invest 300 hours into Habitat for Humanity, including 100 into their home. "These hours are referred to as `sweat equity' hours," he explained. "They were present during the blitz and contributed to the work and certainly the emotion of the weekend."
Over the course of two days, the walls and roof were raised complete with sheet rock and shingles, a retaining wall was built along the back of the house, the electrical and plumbing were installed, sod was laid in the yard along with the landscaping of two trees, some shrubs and flowers, and an American flag was attached to the porch.
'Having the opportunity to be a part of the build is fantastic," Lamont said. "Walking away from a weekend spent with HFH and the Road Trip Crazies is emotional, rewarding and just fun."
For his former teammates, it was not only great to get together, but they said the experience and work done by Habitat for Humanity in one weekend made it even more worthwhile.
"I was introduced to the crazies by the Lamont family at the First Pitch Dinner last year," Isaacs said. "They told me the next build was going to be in New Jersey and I was very excited to have the opportunity to help out. It was an awesome experience working with all of the other volunteers and the family. Seeing what we were able to accomplish in one weekend was incredible."
"I got involved because I have always wanted to do Habitat for Humanity, so when Sean contacted me about this opportunity I jumped at the chance to help out," Meyer said. "As far as the Crazies go, I didn't know them until I showed up on Saturday at 7 a.m. and they were all there bubbling with excitement. I am really glad I got to meet them and work with them. I couldn't really ask for a better experience with people coming together and helping each other out."