WNEU football team volunteering to revitalize disabled resident’s home

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More than 100 Western New England University football players are taking a break from preseason camp to help out a disabled Springfield resident.

“I think, what have I done to deserve this?” said Tammy Golphin of Springfield. “But I’m thankful.”

Golphin lost both of her legs and most of her eye site from diabetes complications. Her husband, Prince, is her full-time caretaker. 

“I spend most of my time taking care of her, so getting out in the yard and the deck fixed, just wasn’t in the future plans,” said Prince. 

The players did some landscaping, and also repaired and stained the handicap ramp. 

“I think it’s just great for us to do whatever we can to make them feel more comfortable, give them more easy access, and just make the house look a little more presentable,” said peter Hoff, a player ont he team. 

Organizers said this is the 14th year in a row that the western new england football team has done a preseason volunteer project. 

“This community has been very good to the school, so it’s very rewarding to be able to give back,” said Yianni Hilas, a senior football player. 

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