WKU athletics joins relief efforts for Houston

Published: Aug. 30, 2017 at 11:24 AM CDT
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Western Kentucky athletics has joined in the charitable causes helping the city of Houston and Conference USA member Rice recover from the devastating effects of tropical storm Harvey.

Athletic director Todd Stewart spoke Wednesday about WKU’s efforts to collect care packages to be sent to Texas in hopes of helping those in need.

“It’s probably an understatement, sadly, to say this is an epic disaster. It really is,” Stewart said Wednesday. “All of our hearts go out to everybody in Houston, throughout the state of Texas, and even Louisiana who looks like they’re now going to be dealing with this, too.

“I lived in the state of Louisiana when (hurricane) Katrina came through there and saw first hand the incredible damage that water can do. It’s just sad. I hate what they’re dealing with. Everybody involved with this is going to need help for a long time.”

Western football coach Mike Sanford urged his team after Tuesday’s practice to collect any and all extra items of clothes they may have in their possession and leave a pile outside their respective lockers for pickup. The men’s basketball program and WKU baseball program are among those who have shown support for Houston as well.

The Western Kentucky volleyball team is scheduled to play at Rice on Nov. 3. The WKU soccer team hosts Rice on Sept. 28. The Rice football team opened its season last week against Stanford in Australia and was rerouted to Fort Worth when it came back to the United States as it waits out the storm.

“The conference office reached out and they’re trying to really coordinate an effort to make it very organized,” Stewart said. “We have a number of our sports programs that have already boxed up apparel and our sending it down there. Certainly we’ll help every and any way that we can.”

— Follow WBKO sportswriter Chad Bishop on Twitter @MrChadBishop