After a massive hurricane ripped through the city of Houston and left much of the area submerged underwater, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reports that University of Houston men’s basketball head coach Kelvin Sampson has a challenge for his coaching counterparts: Donate 10 pairs of shoes and 20 shirts to the victims who lost everything.
"Today was the first day of school," Sampson said, according to Goodman. "Many of these kids and families have nothing. Coaches have been calling asking what they can do to help. This would help."
Sampson’s call for help has already been answered by coaches around the country.
John Calipari, Avery Johnson, Brad Brownell, Will Wade, Kevin Keatts all already in for donating sneakers and shirts to victims. https://t.co/VVTChM1BNZ— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) August 28, 2017
Consider it done Coach! Xavier Basketball is a go.... https://t.co/zYC32NN1ZQ— Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack) August 29, 2017
Hurricane Harvey rolled through parts of Texas over the weekend, claiming the lives of at least 10 people and injuring many more, according to The New York Times. Parts of Houston have received more than 30 inches of rainfall, and according to the National Weather Services, the city is expected to receive more rain through Wednesday with thousands still stranded.
There are 351 Division I men’s basketball teams in the NCAA, according to the 2016 Pomeroy College Ball Ratings. Full cooperation with Sampson’s challenge would provide more than 3,500 pairs of shoes and 7,000 shirts to those whose homes were damaged in the hurricane.
Sampson isn’t the only basketball figure hoping to help his town.
The Houston Rockets and owner Leslie Alexander announced a $4 million donation to mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund on Monday.
Statement from Leslie Alexander and the Houston Rockets. pic.twitter.com/yHTO996txN— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) August 28, 2017
The NFL’s Houston Texans and owner Robert McNair have also pledged $1 million to hurricane relief efforts.
Houston native and current NBA free agent Gerald Green is also driving around the city in search of a boat to help rescue those who may be stranded.