By Keaundrey Clark
Hurricane Harvey has made its mark on the lives of Houston-area residents and the Humboldt State Athletic Department is lending a hand in the relief efforts.
Lumberjack coaches and staff have coordinated together and are donating clothes and other gear that was sent to Houston and those in need. The donations are being sent to the University of Houston where basketball head coach Kelvin Sampson is leading an effort to help those affected by the hurricane.
“It’s awesome to know that our program is willing to do something to help,” said freshman softball player, Megan Graeser. “We try to do as much as we can in our community, but it’s a wonderful thing that we are capable of making a difference in other places too.”
Softball head coach, Shelli Sarchett, got the ball rolling on the project. After viewing a tweet from Sampson asking for donations of clothing or shoes by all NCAA programs. Having never even been to Houston. Sarchett knew it was the right thing to do.
“It doesn’t matter who they are, or the fact I’ve never met them,” said Sarchett. “Just knowing we can help people, it just says a lot about human nature.”
As a coaching staff they decided that the extra clothing they had a good start. After asking both basketball programs, football and other athletic programs at HSU for their extras the whole athletic department was involved.
“It is great knowing that we as a community can help those in need,” said senior, Breonna Bejaran. “And that in today’s connected world our reach is endless.”
Despite the distance, the HSU athletics department providing hope for those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Shows the human spirit and the ability to help those when times are dire.
“When other americans are in need It’s nice knowing when things go wrong people are there to help,” said Sarchett.