Number of Participants: 1
Hours Donated: 20
Value of Time Served: $169
Event Type: Advocacy & Human Rights
Sport: Girls Volleyball
Date: September 18, 2020
STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Abby Campbell has spent one week each summer for her entire life rebuilding houses in underprivileged neighborhoods.
COVID-19 did not break the streak this past summer.
“We were able to do a modified version this year,” said Campbell, a freshman volleyball middle blocker from Reading, Pa. “We stayed locally to minimize the travel.”
The 18-year-old Campbell began the annual trips affiliated with her church — First Presbyterian of Pottstown, Pa. — even before she can remember. That’s because her parents used to participate and take her along during her infancy.
In recent years, the group has helped needy families in Baltimore and Richmond as well as twice in Delaware by partnering with local nonprofit organizations in those areas.
“It really varied by the day,” Campbell said about the projects. “At times there was heavy lifting. It was a lot of construction-based things like building rooves. One year we actually built a house, which was kind of cool. Usually small things we could do in a day.”
Abby Campbell works on a home.
As for volleyball, the 6-foot-1 Campbell arrives at Stony Brook as a three-time all-state selection in her native Pennsylvania. She also was the Berks County Player of the Year as a senior.
Campbell became the second player in her high school’s history to record 1,000 kills. She might have graduated as the program’s all-time record-holder, but an injury cut short her senior season.
“Abby was somebody who caught our attention early with her power as an attacker,” Stony Brook volleyball coach Kristin Belzung said. “We are certain her big hitting window and range will make our fans notice her offensively. But we’re also excited about her as a positive addition to our team culture as well. The middle position has been a strength of ours these past couple years. We think she’ll fit right into that tradition.”