Sports World Continues Donating Funds To Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
Rockets Owner Les Alexander yesterday informed Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner he will "increase his contribution" to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to $10M, "dramatically upping his donation just a day" after he announced a donation of $4M, according to Jonathan Feigen of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. The team "did not announce the increase in Alexander's donation, but a Rockets spokesperson confirmed that Alexander had spoken with Turner about his revised contribution to the relief efforts following the historic and devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 8/30). In Nashville, Autumn Allison reports Titans Controlling Owner Amy Adams Strunk yesterday announced that she will donate $1M to the flooding relief efforts started by Texans DE J.J. Watt. Her donation will be "in addition to the $25,000 the Titans Foundation donated the Red Cross over the weekend" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 8/30). In Houston, Brian Smith writes Watt has been a "beacon during the devastation and chaos" in the city. Watt's efforts have helped raise more than $4.9M from 48,565 donors in "only two-plus days" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 8/30).
THE HEART OF TEXAS: In Ft. Worth, Stefan Stevenson reports MLB Rangers ownership, the club and the Rangers Foundations are "donating" $1M to relief efforts. The club is also "donating proceeds from the Texas 2 Split 50/50 Raffle to the American Red Cross from all three games of the Rangers’ series with the Angels Friday through Sunday at Globe Life Park." The foundation for the Double-A Texas League Frisco RoughRiders also is "raising funds during its seven-game homestand through Monday." The Triple-A PCL Round Rock Express plan to "help in relief efforts but the details have yet to be released" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 8/30). CBSSPORTS.com's Jared Dubin reports the Texans and Cowboys will "donate all proceeds from their final preseason game." The game has been moved to AT&T Stadium (CBSSPORTS.com, 8/29).
ATHLETE INVOLVEMENT: GOLF.com's Josh Berhow noted Sergio Garcia is "donating $2,000 for every birdie and $5,000 for every eagle he makes" over the next three FedExCup Playoff events toward Texas relief efforts. Garcia's wife is "from Texas, and she and Garcia were married there this summer" (GOLF.com, 8/29). In California, Jeff Fletcher noted Angels CF Mike Trout is "donating $27,000 -- an amount to correspond to his jersey No. 27 -- to aid the relief effort." Angels P Huston Street, a Texas native, said that he was donating $30,000 (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 8/30). In New York, Matthew Fairburn reported Bills DE Jerry Hughes, who grew up in Sugar Land, Texas, just outside of Houston, will be "donating a significant amount of money to help those who have been impacted" (NEWYORKUPSTATE.com, 8/29). In St. Louis, Jose de Jesus Ortiz notes Cardinals 1B Matt Carpenter "vowed to donate $10,000 to the flood relief efforts for every home run he hits the rest of the season." Cardinals P Adam Wainwright "sent Carpenter a text message vowing to match his $10,000 for each home run." ESPN broadcaster Jon Sciambi also "texted Carpenter to see how he could help." The Cardinals "vowed to match his $10,000 pledge to the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Harvey Children’s Relief Fund" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 8/30). PBR and the WinStar World Casino & Resort, which is in Oklahoma near the Texas border, will offer a special ticket promotion to benefit those affected by Hurricane Harvey at this weekend's event (PBR).
NBA CARES: ESPN.com's Michael Wright reported Rockets C Clint Capela has "sent the contact information for a network of more than 30 boats spread out all over Houston searching for citizens to rescue." After Capela "retweeted the plight of four trapped dogs at Paw Envy Pet Care in Sugarland, Texas, and a pet sitter on Brays Bayou stranded with four dogs and two cats, the sitter and the animals were eventually rescued." He also has "helped some Houston citizens find rescuers" (ESPN.com, 8/29). In Oklahoma City, Erik Horne reports Thunder C Enes Kanter will "pledge $25,000 to Embrace Relief, a non-profit organization which focuses on humanitarian aid and disaster relief" (OKLAHOMAN, 8/30). The NBA Kings will roll out three initiatives to help support Gulf Coast disaster relief over the next few days in conjunction with the American Red Cross Gold Country Region (Kings).
COLLEGE HOOPS GETTING INVOLVED: In Pittsburgh, Craig Meyer noted Univ. of Houston men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson on Monday "sent out a request on behalf of the city his school represents" asking coaches at all levels of basketball to "send whatever clothing they can to aid those in need as Tropical Storm Harvey soaks the Texas coast." That plea was answered by the Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams, who "put together a joint donation to those affected in Houston, sending a package of about 15 pairs of shorts, 20-30 pieces of men’s and women’s outwear including T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts and pullovers, as well as 15 pairs of shoes." For its part, Duquesne is "sending 10 pairs of shoes, including some in kids and women’s sizes, along with about 40 t-shirts in various sizes." At Robert Morris, the school’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are "going through their facilities to see what they have available to donate" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 8/29). In Greensboro, Brant Wilkerson-New writes the men's basketball programs for Wake Forest, N.C. State, Duke and North Carolina are "doing their part to help victims of Hurricane Harvey" (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 8/30). In Raleigh, Joe Giglio reports UNC "sent out 22 pairs of shoes and 30 T-shirts, Duke sent out two boxes of shoes and gear and N.C. State sent 30 pairs of shoes and a couple of dozen shirts." UH had "already received a commitment from 350 schools and organizations in the first 24 hours since Sampson’s request." Sampson’s goal is to "get 1,000 commitments, which would add up to 20,000 T-shirts and 10,000 shoes for flood victims" (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 8/30).