Friday, September 1, 2017

Bloomsburg Athletics To Begin #Huskies4Houston Initiative This Weekend

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – The Bloomsburg University athletic department will be doing its part this weekend to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey with a #Huskies4Houston initiative.

As part of a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC)-wide effort to assist those in need after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, members of the Bloomsburg University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be collecting monetary donations at the three Huskies' home events this weekend – men's and women's cross country on Friday, September 1 (5:30 p.m.); men's soccer on Friday, September 1 (7:00 p.m.); and football on Saturday, September 2 (12:00 p.m.). All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross to help support the hurricane victims.

If you are unable to attend any of the three home sporting events this weekend, a link to donate has been set up through the Bloomsburg University Foundation. Visit takeactionbu.org/Huskies4Houston to make a donation. Funds collected by the Community Government Association (CGA - student government) office will be sent to verified Texas relief efforts such as food banks and the Red Cross. The link will be live well past this weekend's events.

Beginning on Monday, September 4, field hockey alum Peyton Shockley ('17) proposed the Huskies join a program generated by the University of Houston head basketball coach, Kelvin Sampson. The Bloomsburg student-athletes will be collecting BU shirts to be sent to coach Sampson for distribution to the proper agencies in the Houston area. Sampson offered up the idea to all high schools, junior colleges, all three NCAA levels, and NAIA institutions to take part and Bloomsburg University student-athletes will be collecting new and gently-used BU shirts over the next couple of weeks.

Finally, the athletic department will also be collecting any other new or gently-used non-Bloomsburg clothing items, blankets, and cleaning supplies over the next couple of weeks with drop-off sites being located inside Nelson Field House.

"These student-driven initiatives through the PSAC, Bloomsburg's CGA, and the student-athletes in the athletic department underscore the importance of the well-rounded and civically-engaged individuals at Bloomsburg," director of athletics Dr. Michael McFarland said. "Members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the field hockey program continue to collaborate as one unit showing the Husky Pride by supporting others in need. This is just another example of the leadership by our student-athletes through their efforts."

For additional information on how you can be a part of the #Huskies4Houston initiative, please contact Eric McCabe at 570-389-3907 or via e-mail at emccabe@bloomu.edu. Please continue to keep those affected by Hurricane Harvey in your thoughts.

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