Cougar House V Helps Provide New Football Helmets

Cougar House V officially opened, Thursday, May 5, 2005 (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah (May 5, 2005) BYU Athletics held an official ribbon cutting ceremony for Cougar House V Thursday, May 5, which will be one of the featured homes in the 2005 Utah Valley Parade of Homes that runs May 7-21.

The money from the sale of the home goes to an Athletic Department perpetual fund that provides scholarships for student-athletes. Over the last five years, the partnership with the Utah Valley Home Builders Association (UVHBA) has generated more than $700,000 for BYU. A portion of the funds from Cougar House V will go to purchase the new white helmets the football team will wear in 2005.

"It has been great for us to be involved with BYU Athletics," said Wayne Ross, owner of ArrowStar Construction. "This home allows us to showcase the skills and dedication of many members of the Utah Valley Home Builders Association."

Cougar House V is located in the Camelot Village Development near the Wal-Mart in Springville. The land for the project was donated by ArrowStar Construction. The home includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a two-car garage, a basement and is fully landscaped.

The Cougar House project combines the generosity of more than 60 businesses, many of whom are part of the UVHBA. They donate the materials, labor, and expertise to build the home.

"We love what BYU stands for and we want to be involved with the athletic program," said Mitch McCuistion, chair of Cougar House V. "There were a lot of great UVHBA contractors and subcontractors who made this project happen."

BYU athletics administrators, Springville Mayor Fritz Boyer, assistant football coaches Brandon Doman and Patrick Higgins, along with members of BYU's football team, and representatives from the Utah Valley Home Builders Association were on hand for the event.

"Once again, this has been a great cooperative effort and the skills of these craftsmen shows in this home," said Mike Middleton, executive director of the Cougar Club. "We are grateful to the UVHBA for their professionalism and generosity in developing this project."

All participants in the Cougar House--including builders, subcontractors, and suppliers--will become Cougar Club members and receive membership benefits.

The Utah Valley Home Builders Association is a nonprofit association serving the community since 1973. UVHBA represents home builders, remodelers, developers, light commercial builders and association members affiliated with the building industry.

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