Sports figures come together to help Houston in wake of Hurricane Harvey
Sports figures around the U.S. are putting their best foot forward to help those directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Last Sunday, Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt announced his foundation was originally trying to reach a goal of $200,000. Since then, he has raised more than $10 million for the people of Houston.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 31, 2017
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant also got involved, making a $50,000 donation on Tuesday.
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) August 30, 2017
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Matt Carpenter went a different route, donating $10,000 for every home run he hits until the end of the season.
From now till the rest of the season we will donate 10,000 dollars for every Homerun I hit to help aid the relief efforts in Houston
— Matt Carpenter (@MattCarp13) August 28, 2017
Teams have also joined in.
The Arizona Diamondbacks broke a 50/50 raffle record Wednesday after announcing the team would match the total dollar amount in an effort to aide the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) August 31, 2017
The Sacramento Kings asked members of their community to donate and within a day they racked up $25,000. The team’s foundation not only matched the contribution, but the owners of the team added an additional $50,000.
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) August 31, 2017
And although it’s not a competition, no team comes close to what the Houston Rockets and owner Leslie Alexander have done so far.
Statement from Leslie Alexander and the Houston Rockets. pic.twitter.com/yHTO996txN
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) August 28, 2017
Since announcing that that the team would donate $4 million, Alexander has upped his donation to $10 million.
Instead of asking for money, University of Houston basketball coach Kelvin Sampson offered up another idea. He is asking coaches from both collegiate and high school institutions to send over clothing and shoes to help the people of Houston.
— Coach Kelvin Sampson (@CoachSampsonUH) August 28, 2017
Teams were quick to act.
— Gators WBasketball (@GatorsWBK) August 29, 2017
— WSU Men's Basketball (@WSUMensHoops) August 29, 2017
— GoFranklinCats (@GoFranklinCats) August 31, 2017
— WSU Athletics (@waynestwarriors) August 31, 2017
KTAR News 92.3 FM and 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station announced Tuesday they too will host a fundraiser.
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