ESPN makes donation to Habitat for Humanity for Bristol home

ESPN announced Thursday that it gave a grant of $25,000 to Habitat for Humanity to support construction of a three-bedroom home in Bristol, just over a mile from ESPN’s main campus. In addition to the financial commitment, a press release from said ESPN volunteers will build the home throughout the summer and fall with a target completion date of November 2014. The home has been awarded to a U.S. veteran and his family.

 “Given ESPN’s strong commitment to veterans and those serving overseas, it was especially important for us to work with Habitat for Humanity to provide a U.S. veteran and his family with a place to call home,” said Kevin Martinez, vice president, global corporate outreach, ESPN in a press release. “Through a financial grant and hundreds of volunteer service hours by ESPN employees including members of our ESPN employee veterans group, this hometown investment will have a tangible impact on improving lives in our local community.”

ESPN volunteers have previously teamed with Habitat for Humanity on home builds in Hartford, New Britain, Bloomfield and New Haven but this marks ESPN’s first financial commitment to a Bristol build and the first time ESPN volunteers will complete a home from beginning to end, said the news release.

The home’s location will be at 215 Lillian Ave. in Bristol, Conn.