Updates information, 5 p.m., 8/31/17
MIAMI — Count Northeastern Oklahoma A&M among the multitude of colleges and universities participating in University of Houston coach Kelvin Sampson’s #ForTheCity campaign.
Sampson issued a request for coaches on all levels to send 20 t-shirts and/or 10 pair of shoes.
They will be distributed to victims of the catastrophic flooding that was caused by Hurricane Harvey.
The NEO athletic department sent 75 t-shirts from the various programs at the school, athletic director Dale Patterson said.
“Living in Miami, we know the damage flood waters can do,” Patterson said. “There are many things more important than the games we play.”
Flooding of the Neosho River and Tar Creek numerous times, most recently earlier this year, has ravaged Miami.
The benchmark for Miami flooding was in 1951.
“I cannot thank enough all the coaches and all the schools, teams, businesses and individuals who have donated to our relief efforts for those suffering from Hurricane Harvey,” Sampson said on Twitter Thursday afternoon. “Your donations will help many of those in need in our community and are greatly appreciated.”
Sampson said there had been more than 1,000 commitments on Twitter from across the country.
“WE have reached our capacity to effectively distribute these donations,” Sampson said in his tweet. “Our coaches, student-athletes and staff will begin distributing to groups in Houston and throughout this area as soon as possible.
“Your donations have been an inspiration for all of us in our community.”
Other NJCAA members are participating, according to Mark Krug, NJCAA Chief Operations Officer; Communications, Championships & Development.
“We really like to see all the participating our colleges are doing,” Krug said in an email. “The NJCAA national office was getting a lot of calls about what our members could do to help and the word we got back from people we spoke to in the area was money.
“They are really going to be needing dollars to have on hand in the weeks and months to come to administer services, so we launched the t-shirt with Team IP (the NJCAA’s official championship merchandise provider) to hopefully be able to send a large check down to Region 14 in a few weeks.
Special “Texas Strong — #NJCAA Cares” t-shirts are now on sale.
Bulk orders (24 or more) for the Hurricane Harvey campaign t-shirts are $15 per shirt and will yield the most benefits for the cause.
Single orders (direct to garment) can be placed online at www.teamip.com/njcaa/ or by clicking on the image. Pricing for single orders is $24.99, plus shipping and handling. Online orders of 24 or more will be given a 40% discount, dropping the price per t-shirt to $14.99, plus shipping and handling.
Sampson encouraged people wishing to make further donations to contribute to the American Red Cross (redcross.org.donate/donation) and Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation (ghcf.org).