Coaches, athletes: Here's a way you can help Hurricane Harvey's victims

Coogs coach requests T-shirts, shoes for victims
Posted at 11:27 AM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 18:31:44-04

Kelvin Sampson, head basketball coach at the University of Houston, has a special request of coaches and athletes on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

"I came up with something I think coaches at all levels can help with...if you can, please send 20 of your school's T-shirts and 10 pairs of shoes," Sampson tweeted Monday evening.

If you can help, send T-shirts, shoes and other donated clothing to:

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

The Houston area was hit by Harvey, a Category 4 storm when it made landfall Friday. The storm brought damaging wind and rain across the Gulf Coast, causing up to $40 billion in damage and potentially leaving many vulnerable Texans in need of basic supplies such as food, clothing and shelter.

Flooding inundated the Houston area, where thousands thousands of people climbed to rooftops or higher ground.

Several Cincinnati-area companies and organizations have made efforts to collect items to donate and raised money through the Red Cross and other organizations. WCPO - 9 On Your Side is hosting a phone bank to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey. Phone lines will be open for “Taking Action for Texas” from 4 to 8 p.m. for a second day Tuesday. On Monday, the Taking Action for Texas phone bank raised nearly $55,000 for the Red Cross.

Local sports teams say they'll participate in Sampson's clothing and shoe drive: Head Xavier Basketball Coach Chris Mack tweeted "Consider it done Coach! Xavier basketball is a go..."

Northern Kentucky University's athletics department said it also plans to participate.