Nissan And Habitat For Humanity Work Together To Build A Real "Heisman House"

Nissan And Habitat For Humanity Work Together To Build A Real "Heisman House"

Seven Heisman Trophy winners help build a home with a New Orleans family

PR Newswire

NEW ORLEANS, April 16, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --On most days, Aldon Lightfoot
works with fellow longshoremen to load and unload ships at the Port of New
Orleans. Today, Lightfoot worked alongside seven members of an elite class of
athletes – Heisman Memorial Trophy winners – to build a Habitat home for his
growing family.

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The house of Aldon Lightfoot and Kimberly Jones and their three children will
be built with help from a construction crew that includes celebrated Heisman
Trophy winners John Lattner (1953, University of Notre Dame), Johnny Rodgers
(1972, University of Nebraska), George Rogers (1980, University of South
Carolina), Mike Rozier (1983, University of Nebraska), Danny Wuerffel (1996,
University of Florida), Eric Crouch (2001, University of Nebraska) and Mark
Ingram (2009, University of Alabama).

This unique collaboration grew out of existing relationships among Nissan and
its partners Habitat for Humanity and the Heisman Trophy Trust. Together, the
three organizations will team up with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity to
build a home in partnership with the Lightfoot family.

"Nissan is committed to improving the communities where our employees and
customers live. Joining with Habitat for Humanity and the Heisman Trust, who
share this mission of community service, is an ideal extension of our
partnership with both organizations," said Nissan Marketing Vice President Jon
Brancheau. "We are grateful to these athletes for joining in this
one-of-a-kind partnership to build this house alongside a New Orleans family."

The "Heisman House" concept launched by Nissan in 2011 highlights its
sponsorship of The Heisman Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to an
outstanding college football player. The campaign gathers many of the most
celebrated college football players of the last 30 years into the fraternal
order of the Heisman House.

"We are proud to partner with our premier sponsor, Nissan, these former
Heisman winners and Habitat for Humanity on this worthwhile project," said
William J. Dockery, President of the Heisman Trust. "When most people hear the
word Heisman, they immediately think of the trophy and college football.Many
do not realize the mission of The Heisman Trust is to support the
underprivileged and underserved.This is just another example of the work the
Heisman Trust is doing all year long."

Partnering with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, the Lightfoot family
will move into their new three-bedroom Habitat home in Central City from a
one-bedroom apartment. The family includes a daughter, 8, two sons, ages 5 and
2 months, and a new baby on the way.

"We are grateful for Nissan's long-time support in helping to make affordable
housing possible and for extending an opportunity for the Heisman Trophy Trust
and athletes to get involved in our work," said Kymberly Wolff, senior vice
president of Development at Habitat for Humanity International. "We look
forward to continuing to partner together to help families fulfill their
dreams of home ownership."

Nissan invites all its stakeholders to support Habitat for Humanity.
Point-of-sale materials in dealerships and communications to consumers share
information about its Habitat partnership. visitors can click
through to Habitat's site to make a donation or find volunteer opportunities
across the country. Grants from Nissan help sponsor Nissan volunteers who
build homes through Habitat's annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project,
provide Nissan vehicles to Habitat affiliates and support sustainability
summits for affiliates and their communities.

Nissan's national partnership with Habitat dates to 2005, following hurricanes
Katrina and Rita. Since 2006, Nissan has contributed more than $9 million to
Habitat for Humanity. Nissan employees have helped to build more than 62 homes
across the United States, and the company has donated 111 vehicles to support
Habitat's mission.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering,
consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and
manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the
Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the
Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More
information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and
Infiniti vehicles can be found online at or visit the Americas media sites and

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is
headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers
with more than 4.9 million vehicles in 2012, generating revenue of 9.4
trillion yen ($US 118.95 billion) in fiscal 2011. With a strong commitment to
developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a
comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A
pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction
of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle
and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious
2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards. For
more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable
mobility, visit our website at

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing
organization that seeks to put God's love into action by bringing people
together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served
more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and
nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for
fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to
resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more
information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit, or
follow us at or at or
join Habitat's blog community at

About New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity,  an independent affiliate of Habitat
for Humanity International, is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. NOAHH
builds new houses in partnership with sponsors, volunteers, communities, and
homeowner families to eliminate poverty housing in the New Orleans area while
serving as a catalyst to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and
action. Since its inception in 1983 NOAHH has served over 3,200 families and
has just begun construction on its 500th new home for a low-income family in
need of adequate shelter.

About The Heisman Trophy Trust
The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college
football player in the United States. Winners epitomize great ability
combined with diligence, perseverance and hard work. The Heisman Trophy Trust
ensures the continuation and integrity of this award. The Trust, furthermore,
has a charitable mission to support amateur athletes and to provide greater
opportunities to the youth of our country. Our goal through these endeavors is
for The Heisman Trophy to symbolize the fostering of a sense of community
responsibility and service to our youth, especially those disadvantaged or

SOURCE Nissan North America

Contact: Vicki Smith of Nissan North America, 615-594-7198,; or Aleis Tusa of New Orleans Habitat for Humanity,
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