Louisiana-Lafayette has experience in handling weather disasters, so the Ragin’ Cajuns were on top of their game in helping Hurricane Harvey victims.
From a jambalaya cook-off held by the softball team to a birthday party for a youth displaced by the storm hosted by the men’s basketball team, the school’s 16 sports teams found ways to help in relief efforts.
Most of the rosters for the ULL athletic teams are littered with Texans, many of them affected by the path of Harvey, including several on the football team which will play Texas A&M at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kyle Field.
The women’s soccer team, which has four Texans, collected goods then dropped them off on a recent trip to Sam Houston State. The softball team, which has 16 Texans including former A&M Consolidated standout Beth Ashley, collected goods for three days. The volleyball team, while playing in Houston last weekend at the Rice Invitational, spent time between matches helping sort goods or visiting shelters. ULL’s volleyball team has six Texans.
ULL and the city of Lafayette didn’t feel the brunt of Harvey’s devastation, but the community has battled through its share of recent storms from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to Hurricanes Ike and Gustav in 2008 to last summer’s flood in August that included 2 feet of rain in 72 hours, leaving Lafayette Parish 90 percent flooded.
“We’re familiar with that here,” said Carleigh Collins, ULL’s NCAA compliance director.
Collins said to help the city recover after last summer’s flood, ULL’s football coaching staff often put in 8 to 10 hours of…
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