Tweet Leads to Support

October 10, 2017

To aid those in need after Hurricane Harvey, University of Houston Head Men's Basketball Coach Kelvin Sampson sent out a tweet. He asked other coaches to donate 20 t-shirts and 10 pairs of shoes.

According to KSHB, the University of Houston estimates that it has received 35,000 pairs of shoes and 200,000 shirts. Sampson said the response has “been a little bit overwhelming,” since he did not expect people outside the region to respond.

"Ya know that little tweet, I really thought we'd get good response from our part of Texas and Louisiana, those coaches," said Sampson. 

Mike Hilbert, Lee's Summit North High School's head boys' basketball coach, who collected 400 t-shirts from 10 separate schools, said he empathized with Texas' plight.

"In the Midwest, we obviously don't have hurricanes but we have had tornadoes, whether it was in Joplin or out in the middle of Kansas," said Hilbert. "And it seems like other parts of the country have come to our rescue."

Sampson said he appreciated the outpouring of support, as well as its significance.

"It just shows you, people want to help. And they want to give," said Sampson. "They just don't know where to send it to."

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