By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hurricane Harvey caused havoc in the State of Texas, and Capital University Athletics and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) answered the call. During Capital's first home football game, SAAC took monetary and clothing donations to send to the Houston area as part of a relief effort for those affected by the hurricane.
Despite rainy and cold weather on Cap Football's Opening Day, a sizable crowd attended the Crusaders' game versus Mount St. Joseph University. Cap fans, parents, and supporters came through in a big way by filling the stands and also filling the donation boxes and jars that SAAC put out to collect for hurricane relief efforts. SAAC reported that patrons donated just over $225 that will be donated to the Houston Food Bank, and three large boxes of clothing were collected to be shipped directly to the Houston area.
Capital Athletics staff joined the effort started by SAAC and over the course of a week helped to double the clothing donation heading to Houston. Capital student-athletes then packaged the collection and sent it on its way to those in need.
The University of Houston men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson reached out to high school, junior college, and all level of college institutions to personally lead a movement to gather materials needed by those displaced or affected by Hurricane Harvey's destruction. Capital sent all of its clothing donations to Coach Sampson for distribution to those affected in the area.
Various Capital University organizations have been undergoing relief efforts of their own. One of The University's most successful events was put on by the Capital Conservatory of Music when it put on a free concert and accepted donations for admission on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the Huntington Recital Hall. Three different charities were promoted to its patrons to donate to in order to back the relief effort, and support was received from all over the country through the live stream provided via Facebook Live.
If you would like to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, the Houston Food Bank is continuing to take donations of money or food. - Click here to help -