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Marcus Mariota and Mark Ingram Help Nissan Build New Habit for Humanity Home in Nashville

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Marcus Mariota has one of the NFL players who helped build a new Habitat for Humanity home in Nashville, Tennessee

Former Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota is just as comfortable with a hammer as he is with a football

The Nissan brand recently enlisted the services of five former Heisman Trophy winners in order to start building a new Habitat for Humanity home in Nashville, Tennessee.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Nissan has partnered with the Heisman Trust to build a home in an area where the Japanese automaker maintains a strong business presence. This partnership began in 2013 due to the strong relationships Nissan has with both the Heisman Trust and Habitat for Humanity. In fact, Nissan also encourages all shareholders to support the non-profit homebuilder.

Construction of the new home began on April 22nd with the former Heisman trophy winners and the new owners laying the groundwork. Mohammed Berema and his wife, Khadija Aldom, are the grateful recipients of the new home. Over the next four weeks, the new home owners, Nissan volunteers, and Habit for Humanity volunteers will work to complete the home.

The Former Heisman Trophy winners also put on a community youth football camp in which they taught the fundamentals of the game to approximately 200 children. Current and former NFL players who took part in this event included current Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, retired Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown, current New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram, former Washington Redskins running back George Rogers, and former Detroit Lions running back Billy Sims.

“Nissan has been active for many years with Habitat for Humanity in communities where we live and work, and our strong partnership with the Heisman Trust and its mission of building strong communities and service to America’s youth continues to be an excellent fit,” said Jeremy Tucker, vice president, Marketing Communication & Media, Nissan. “We’re grateful to these athletes for joining in this unique partnership to conduct a football clinic for area kids, and to help Berema and Aldom and their family improve their living conditions through home ownership.”

Video: Nissan & Heisman Partner with Habitat for Humanity