Broncos Take Part in Extreme Makeover

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MIDDLETON, Idaho Every day, somewhere around the Treasure Valley, student-athletes from Boise State University go to the extreme in helping make our area a better place. On Tuesday, a contingent of Broncos stepped up, once again, this time to help Extreme Makeover: Home Edition put the finishing touches on a new home for fellow Boise State student Ryan Stockdale and his family.

Stockdale and his wife, Karia, have four children ages two to six, each of whom suffer from a rare white blood cell disease called eosinophilic esophagitis. The condition of the Stockdale’s home jeopardized the health of their children, thus Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and CBH Homes stepped in to help find a cure for the disease, provide a safe environment for Stockdale’s children and give them a lasting home.

Led by academic counselors Valerie Cleary and Chelsea Herman, 11 members of the Bronco football team also lent a hand in the television show’s efforts, moving furniture and entertaining the volunteers and spectators.

Freshman quarterback Mike Coughlin, who watches the show with his mom back home, said they moved everything from couches and a piano into the new home. “It was a great experience to be helping people,” he said.

Coughlin, freshman tight end Tommy Gallarda, junior tight end Chris O'Neill, sophomore tight end Richie Brockel, freshman linebacker Derrell Acrey, senior fullback Michael Lose, freshman running back Doug Martin, freshman linebacker Hunter White, and three walk-ons who will join the team this fall each lent some muscle to the project on Move In Day.

Gallarda, who also watches the show with his mother, said, “I will come home and she will have it on, crying. It was a great opportunity to get to help out with something like this.”

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has won back-to-back Emmy Awards for Best Reality Program (non-competitive) and is in its fifth season on ABC. The show, which has contributed to the construction of more than 90 homes, airs Sundays at 8:00 p.m.

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