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Hurricane Harvey

Houston-area residents sport Wolves gear as part of hurricane relief efforts

The WWU athletics department helped relieve an immediate need in the Houston, Texas, area by donating Wolves gear for community use.

After Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas and Louisiana last month, the nation rallied together to help thousands of evacuated citizens recover from the damage. When an opportunity arose for the Walla Walla University athletics program to contribute, two university staff members jumped aboard.

In the wake of destruction, the University of Houston challenged each college athletics program in America to donate apparel that UH could distribute to the victims of August’s Category 4 hurricane. Paul Starkebaum, WWU sports information director, and Jordan Stimmel, WWU interim athletic director, decided to participate, and within a few days, WWU had shipped a box of new athletic apparel that contained shorts, flip flops, and about 30 T-shirts.

“If us donating a few things helps people, then it is for sure worthwhile,” Starkebaum said. “We are happy to be a part of the many people around the country who are supporting Houston right now during such a catastrophic event.” One shipment of clothing won’t fix everything, but even the simplest gift can go a long way.

Posted Sept. 8, 2017

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