The Torch

Basketball Programs Collaborate to Help Houston

Photo Courtesy/St. John's University, Twitter

Photo Courtesy/St. John's University, Twitter

Derrell Bouknight, Co-Sports Editor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Following the devastation caused this past week by Tropical Storm Harvey, which claimed the lives of at least 45 people and left thousands displaced from their homes, the St. John’s University basketball programs rallied together to help Houston-area victims in the aftermath.

On Monday, University of Houston head basketball coach Kelvin Sampson urged college basketball teams from around the country to donate 20 shirts and 10 pairs of shoes, which would then be distributed to the thousands of people in shelters across the area.

Sampson, who has coached at the university since 2014, included his address in a Twitter post that quickly went viral. He asked men’s and women’s programs ranging from high school to the NAIA to send the equipment or other valuable resources.

On Wednesday evening, the St. John’s basketball teams collaborated to send out gear of their own. Stephen Dombroski, St. John’s Associate Athletics Director for Communications, said that the teams packaged sweatshirts, t-shirts and shoes to send to Houston. Dombroski said that Coach Sampson’s message was seen immediately, and that efforts to gather as much equipment as possible began when the staff heard the news.

“Right now, Houston has a variety of needs,” Dombroski said. “This was the least we could do.”

An email was sent to St. John’s students Thursday evening detailing ways in which members of the university could also help. The email included a link to the National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Disaster Services Corporation, whose mission is to “respond to disasters such as floods, wildfires, tornadoes, and other events throughout the United States,” according to their website. The council trains and prepares Regional Response Teams to serve victims of disasters. All donations go towards rebuilding homes, providing shelter, and aiding those who respond to disasters across the country.

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Derrell Bouknight, News Editor

Derrell Bouknight is a senior broadcast journalism major who has been involved with the Torch since his freshman year. Starting as a sports staff writer...

Leave a Comment

We love comments and feedback, but we ask that you please be respectful in your responses.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Basketball Programs Collaborate to Help Houston

    Basketball

    St. John’s is Headed to The Big Dance

  • Basketball Programs Collaborate to Help Houston

    Basketball

    Late Surge from Villanova Pushes them past #24 St. John’s

  • Basketball Programs Collaborate to Help Houston

    Basketball

    Breaking Down Tuesday’s Showdown with Marquette

  • Basketball Programs Collaborate to Help Houston

    Basketball

    St. John’s Falls in Dramatic Fashion in Big East Opener

  • Basketball Programs Collaborate to Help Houston

    Basketball

    COURTSIDE: Let the Talent Speak for Itself

  • Basketball Programs Collaborate to Help Houston

    Basketball

    COURTSIDE: Slick-O Mode

  • Basketball Programs Collaborate to Help Houston

    Basketball

    Former St. John’s Star Has New Goals After Retirement

  • Basketball Programs Collaborate to Help Houston

    Basketball

    Boubacar Diakite to Transfer from St. John’s

  • Basketball

    Men’s and Women’s Basketball Players Receive Awards

  • Basketball Programs Collaborate to Help Houston

    Basketball

    Men’s Basketball 2018-19 Roster Taking Shape

Navigate Right
The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University
Basketball Programs Collaborate to Help Houston