The school’s athletic department has stepped in to help the relief causes of recent hurricanes.
Over the past few weeks, the eastern seaboard has faced extensive damage from Hurricane Harvey, and most recently, Hurricane Irma.
The local relief effort, led by the football team’s Head Coach Mike Leonard and Athletic Director Kerry Prather, will donate excess athletic clothing and other equipment to the Red Cross.
“Every few years, our athletic storage room gets to be overcrowded,” Leonard said. “We usually have a sale on campus to get rid of our excess items. This year we toyed with the idea of having the sale and donating the money, but we felt that it would be better to just send all the items instead.”
Prather said some of the athletic clothing includes various shirts that were used in or came from old tournaments and past championship teams.
“We decided to donate them so that we can provide assistance to the families that have lost their possessions in the hurricanes,” Prather said. “We decided to send the items directly to the Red Cross so that they could better distribute our gear based on the level of need.”
While the football team is doing what it can to provide aid, several other Franklin College groups rallied together to help victims.
Student Congress sold t-shirts to raise money, and the Black Student Union accepted donations at Saturday’s home game against Butler University.
Freshman baseball player Adam Hedinger, a Student Congress representative, commended the schoolwide unity.
“It’s really cool to see everyone coming together to support all of those displaced due to the recent tragedies,” he said. “The football game provided a perfect place for the Student Congress and other organizations to reach out to a large portion of the students and community who came to see the game.”
Hedinger said a lot of shirts were sold, which he hopes means they can help a lot of families in need.
If interested in making a donation for the relief efforts, the Red Cross is accepting clothing and canned food. Visit redcross.org for more information.