Houston men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson is aiding in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, one t-shirt and one pair of shoes at a time. Sampson posted a message on his Twitter account Monday evening, encouraging men’s and women’s basketball programs of any level – from high school to college programs– to send 20 t-shirts and 10 pairs of shoes to Houston.
As of Tuesday morning, his tweet had been retweeted nearly 4,000 times, as athletic communities from across the country responded in full force across sports, state lines and levels of competition, ranging from a middle school team in Houston, to a youth hockey team in Minnesota, to a community college in Oklahoma, to the NBA’s Detroit Pistons.
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Any interested parties can help Sampson’s cause by shipping clothing or shoes to:
University of Houston basketball
Guy V Lewis Development Center
3480 Cullen Blvd.
Houston, TX 77204
— Coach Kelvin Sampson (@CoachSampsonUH) August 28, 2017
Here’s a sampling of some of the responses Sampson received from fellow Division I head coaches and programs, in an admirable display of support for the city of Houston and its flood victims. Teams from at least 16 of college basketball’s 32 conferences responded to Sampson via Twitter announcing their shipments of clothing to Houston.
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) August 29, 2017
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) August 29, 2017
— Arizona Basketball (@APlayersProgram) August 28, 2017
Consider it done Coach! Xavier Basketball is a go…. https://t.co/zYC32NN1ZQ
— Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack) August 29, 2017
— Creighton Basketball (@BluejayMBB) August 29, 2017
— Seton Hall MBB (@SetonHallMBB) August 29, 2017
— JakePresutti (@JakePresutti) August 29, 2017
— Avery Johnson (@CoachAvery6) August 29, 2017
— Coach Marvin Menzies (@MarvinMenzies) August 29, 2017
— Winthrop_MBB (@Winthrop_MBB) August 29, 2017
@CoachSampsonUH Fordham MBB will take part in the relief efforts. We will be sending down a care package tomorrow morning
— Jeff Neubauer (@JeffMNeubauer) August 29, 2017
We’ve got some BYU basketball shirts headed your way tomorrow!
— Aubrey Reeves (@aub128) August 29, 2017
A box of Rhody gear is en route to Houston. Thank you for doing this, Coach.
— Rhody MBB (@RhodyMBB) August 29, 2017
— Jeff Boals (@JeffBoals) August 29, 2017
The Griz got y’all!!! #HoustonStrong
— Matt Nicholson (@nicholsonm30) August 29, 2017
— Jacksonville MBB (@JacksonvilleMBB) August 29, 2017
— Tony Shaver (@TribeBasketball) August 29, 2017
— Chris Grosse (@Chris_Grosse) August 29, 2017
— Troy Dannen (@TU_Dannen) August 29, 2017
Coach count Georgia state in. God bless you and the city of Houston we are all praying for you and the city.
— Ron Hunter (@coachrhunter) August 29, 2017
— Steve Hawkins (@Coach_Hawk_WMU) August 29, 2017
on it! 🙂
— Northeastern MBB (@GoNUmbasketball) August 29, 2017
We are in! Sending ETSU gear tomorrow! #LoveFromEastTennessee
— ETSU WBB (@ETSU_WBB) August 29, 2017
— UB Men’s Basketball (@UBmenshoops) August 29, 2017
— Memphis Basketball (@Memphis_MBB) August 29, 2017
— Omaha Basketball (@OmahaMBB) August 29, 2017