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How awesome was it that someone the caliber of Emmitt Smith came to Victoria to speak. Not only did he deliver an inspirational message for a large crowd at Faith Family Church, he met with smaller groups of young people for a little more personal message to them about hard work and goal setting and determination and faith.

Smith, a member of National Football League Hall of Fame, the NFL's all-time leading rusher and a "Dancing with the Stars" champion, was in town as part of the Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity's Speaking of Sweat Equity speaker series. It took some great partnerships to help bring Emmitt to Victoria as area and local businesses stepped up to help make the visit possible, including principle sponsor Invista. Why did Emmitt come to Victoria?

That answer, in part, can be found in the pounding of hammers on nails, the splashing of paint on walls and the actual sweat of those working on the latest Habitat for Humanity House, No. 80.

An ongoing Women Build, the 19th such build for the Golden Crescent Habitat, brought together volunteers from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans (the house sponsor), Kiwanis and Victoria West Key Club.

Habitat has earned a $5,000 grant from Lowe's for the Women Build. The store will also host some build clinics this summer, said Le Anne Welder, who heads up construction, volunteer and family services for Habitat.

So that's why Emmitt came. To deliver a message, yes. But perhaps more importantly to support Habitat for Humanity, an organization he told reporter Taylor Mitchell, he told reporter Taylor Mitchell, that he has been familiar with for years.

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