Nuggets put on their hard hats for Globeville project

Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson alternated turns on the chop saw.

Andre Miller shoveled dirt and loaded it into a wheelbarrow powered by Timofey Mozgov.

After a tough training camp practice Thursday, the Nuggets literally put on their hard hats and pitched in at Habitat for Humanity’s Carter Work Project in Denver’s Globeville neighborhood.

All 18 players on the training camp roster, the coaching staff and general manager/executive vice president Tim Connelly were in attendance. In addition to picking up a few tools, they visited with volunteers, signed autographs, posed for pictures and handed out refreshments.

“It’s great, especially for me being new here,” coach Brian Shaw said. “It something that we can take away and learn a lesson from. I can talk to the guys about teamwork. You’ve got everybody from different walks of life coming here contributing and doing their specific job. The end result is you have happy families with places to live.”

Founded by former President Jimmy Carter, the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project has been building affordable housing in communities around the world for nearly 30 years.

The Globeville development involved more than 3,000 volunteers, sponsors and subcontractors to build 11 new homes and repair 15 others.

“The Nuggets are some of the best at connecting with the community and building champions,” said Ryan Smith, director of development and communications for Habitat of Humanity of Metro Denver. “We’re excited to be able to invite them here.”

For more information about Habitat for Humanity and the Carter Work Project, please visit www.habitat.org/cwp/2013.