Cats donate to OKC storm victims

By Joel Jellison

The Kansas State baseball team did its part to assist the victims of Monday’s tornado in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Okla.

The Wildcats went to a local Walmart and purchased food, drinks and medical supplies to donate to relief efforts in the area.

Monday’s deadly EF5 tornado was more than a mile wide and struck Moore with 200 mile-per-hour winds for 17 minutes, causing widespread damage.

The storm threatened the start of this week’s Big 12 Championship, which was nearly cancelled all together. Instead, it was shifted to a new format and a later start, beginning today.

On Wednesday, the Big 12 did it’s part to help out, donating $200,000 to the American Red Cross Relief Fund. That contribution will come from the proceeds of the tournament this week.

“The Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship is a longstanding fixture in Oklahoma City,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby told “Additionally, the State of Oklahoma and its wonderful people are integral parts of our league. Our hearts go out to those affected by this terrible tragedy and this donation is one small way to provide relief to a city that has supported our membership so well over many years.”

The Red Cross will have donation canisters throughout Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark for the duration of the tournament. The Big 12 is encouraging attending fans to make monetary donations using those collections cans, which will be set up at concourse concession stands.

Further instructions on how to donate will be shown on Fox College Sports and FSN, which is carrying complete coverage of the tournament.

A moment of silence was observed before the Championship’s opening game today, with Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

League teams, which have already participated in several community and volunteer efforts, will also display a helmet decal throughout the event to honor the victims. MTM Recognition in Oklahoma City donated the stickers.

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