Tennessee's football team and both the men's and women's basketball teams rolled up their sleeves and got into the volunteer spirit Saturday morning.

The three teams joined forces to help built to Habitat for Humanity homes. Starting at 7:30 a.m., the players got to work at the Silver Leaf subdivision in East Knoxville. Together they raised the walls on two houses. UT long snapper J. R. Carr said Saturday's work was a learning experience.

"We're putting up walls. There's styrofoam going up on the walls. Looks like some windows are already being formed.... a lot of nailing," described Carr. "I'm not too sure about the details of building a house. I'm just doing what the people who know what they're doing tell me to do."

For basketball player Brandon Lopez, the project hit close to home.

"Coming from East Knoxville, I was raised here. I've been here for 18 years. This is just really good to give back. That's always what I wanted to do ever since I have came to UT," said Lopez.

Families who qualify for a Habitat for Humanity home must first put in 500 hours of "sweat equity" into their house, which includes not only construction, but also home financing and bill paying.

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