WILMINGTON, North Carolina – With the start of the 2013-14 season right around the corner, the UNCW women’s basketball team took time to give back by participating in a pair of community service projects in September.

On Sept. 7, the players and coaches took part in the Big Buddy Family Fun Day at Hugh McRae Park. Sponsored by the Cape Fear Volunteer Center, the Big Buddy Program is a one-on-one mentoring program that matches at-risk youths, ages 5 to 16, in the Cape Fear Region with positive adult role models. During the event, the team spent time painting faces, playing games and interacting with the children in attendance.

The players also assisted the Cape Fear chapter of Habitat for Humanity, spending the morning of Sept. 21 to help the McMillan family paint their new home.

“Our players had a great time with both the Big Buddy Program and helping the McMillan family paint their new home,” said second-year UNCW Head Coach Adell Harris. “We are responsible for offering something of value to the Wilmington community, something that will improve and make life better for others. Service and community outreach will always be staples of our women’s basketball program.”

The Seahawks begin preseason practice on Oct. 5 and open the regular season Nov. 9 with a road contest at national power Notre Dame.