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WSU donates gear to flood victims in Houston

Washington State is joining the growing group of schools in the #HoustonStrong cause

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Hurrican Harvey has officially become the worst worst rain storm in the history of the United States. The latest estimates say that 30,000 people are seeking shelter in Texas and in need of basic possessions, including food, water and clothing.

From major sports franchises to JJ Watt, the sports world is doing their part at raising money for the victims of the hurricane. Former WSU basketball coach, and current Houston coach, Kelvin Sampson wanted to do his part in helping out his home community and came up with a unique solution.

Teams from Duke, to Kentucky to Arizona and beyond answered the call. According to an NCAA.com article, as of Tuesday, more than 300 teams had made commitments to send equipment to Houston.

But basketball programs weren’t the only ones to donate. Washington State head football coach Mike Leach told reporters Tuesday that his program also sent equipment H-Town.

Leach and the Cougars obliged without any hesitation.

“I know a ton of people in Houston and it’s a really tragic event,” the WSU coach said. “… They’re certainly all in our prayers as far as fighting through it and persevering and I know that Houston will. Houston is one of the most resilient cities that I’ve ever been in. But I know it’s tough times now and I know there’s better times ahead.”

And the success of the campaign inspired coaches from other sports to put out a similar call.

Houston’s head baseball coach Todd Whitting made a request to the baseball community and WSU’s skipper Marty Lees jumped into action.

If you’re affiliated with a team and want to help out, you can send equipment to the address provided in Sampson’s tweet:

Kelvin Sampson
University of Houston basketball
Guy V Lewis Development Center
3480 Cullen Blvd.
Houston, TX 77204

But there are plenty of other ways to help out those in need in Houston. The New York Times has a good roundup here.

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