If there is one thing that gives us hope for the future, it is our fellow neighbors willing to lend a helping hand when disaster strikes. Literally thousands have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. We have seen many Big 12 schools send aid and support to those in need. Many have loaded up semi’s with supplies. I imagine that when the bye-weeks start to hit we will see pictures of coaches and athletes down in the Houston area lending a hand in the recovery efforts.
Texas is doing this, and a bit more. Currently, “Texans displaced from their homes by Hurricane Harvey” can receive six free tickets to the San Jose State game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium this Saturday. The game kicks off at 2:30 PM. The University will also be handing out the Texas State flag to the “first fans through the gates.” The deadline to apply for the free tickets is noon, Thursday, September 7th.
While it is easy to react with some snarky quip about piling on punishment to Harvey victims, let us all take a moment to really appreciate what Texas is doing here. These families have already lost quite a bit: homes, possessions, possibly pets and/or loved ones. The University of Texas is eating the cost of the tickets to give these families a few hours escape from the tragedy currently enveloping their lives. That brief respite is not something you can put a price on. The physical things these families had can be replaced. The mental and emotional strains will leave long-lasting scars. Good for Texas to give the families a brief break from their nightmares to just be a bit “normal” again.
Several Big 12 schools, especially those in the state of Texas, have stepped up the Houston area’s time of need. In addition to the University of Texas hosting the Houston football program, and TCU hosting the Rice program, school have used their team trucks to send supplies down to the area.
— Texas Longhorns (@TexasSports) September 1, 2017
— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) August 31, 2017
The Caravan of Texas Football Big Rigs Have Arrived in Houston with Supplies!!!! pic.twitter.com/pKZTSLryoF
— Student Center (@WoodlandsStuCtr) September 1, 2017
— K-State Equipment (@KsuSwagTeam) September 4, 2017