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- Sports teams across the southeast are stepping up to support families that have been displaced by Hurricane Florence.
- Tennessee and Florida, as well as the Atlanta Braves, have all offered free tickets to those who have had to evacuate due to the storm.
- While it might seem a small gesture, it’s a good example of how sports teams can support their communities in difficult times.
Hurricane Florence has forced thousands of people in the Carolinas to evacuate their homes and wait out the storm.
In response, a few sports teams across the southeast have made a kind gesture – offering free tickets to those who have been displaced by Florence.
The Tennessee Volunteers started the trend on Wednesday, with athletic director Phillip Fulmer extending an invitation to attend Tennessee’s game against UTEP on Saturday to families that had been affected by the storm.
“Our hearts go out to all the families whose lives have been impacted by the hurricanes and tropical storms along the Atlantic coast,” Fulmer said in a statement. “One of our four pillars is warmth, and we feel this is an appropriate way to bring that to life. Certainly, a football game is relatively insignificant in comparison to the realities these evacuees are facing. But if we can provide just a few hours of distraction and normalcy for these families, I believe we should do all we can to make that possible for them.”
On Thursday, the Florida Gators followed suit, inviting families to their game against Colorado State.
The goodwill wasn’t just centered in college football. The Atlanta Braves linked up with American Red Cross to invite families to the team’s weekend series against the Washington Nationals. Those displaced get free tickets to a game and all proceeds from the weekend’s 50/50 raffles going towards Florence relief efforts by the Red Cross.
While sports that aren’t in-season can’t offer free tickets, others from the sports world are still finding ways to help. Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Hornets announced on Friday that they were working with the NBA on an effort to support a number of community organizations to provide relief.
“It’s truly devastating for me to see the damage that Hurricane Florence is doing to my beloved home state of North Carolina and to the surrounding areas,” said Jordan in a statement. “The recovery effort will be massive, and it will take a long time to repair the damage and for families to get back on their feet. Together with the NBA, we have launched a platform to aid those most impacted.”
From Tennessee and Florida to the Braves and Hornets, all of these gestures are a good example of how the sports world can support their communities in difficult times.