Tuesday, May 21, 2013

West Virginia baseball team goes on Walmart shopping spree to help tornado victims

The West Virginia baseball team is lending a big hand to help in the relief efforts of the Oklahoma tornado that has left many in desperate need of life's basic necessities.

Normally, the Mountaineers would be a long ways away from Oklahoma, tucked in the hills of Morgantown. However, the squad is preparing for the Big 12 Conference tournament in Oklahoma City this week, and just happened to be near the twister when it touched down on Monday.

Once the storm had passed over, and once head coach Randy Mazey knew his team was safe, he put in a call to the Oklahoma City and Moore police departments to offer assistance. His original idea was to load up the team's bus and travel to Moore, but he also didn't want to create more traffic while victims continued to look for lost loved ones.

So, the Mountaineers decided to make a trip to Walmart, instead. Each player was given $100 and a cart and told to go out into the store and grab as many necessities as they could. Most ended up with clothes, shoes, flashlights, batteries, and other essential items.

“I think it meant a lot to them,” Mazey said. “Twenty years from now, when they look back at their college baseball career and the baseball tournament in Oklahoma City, I have my doubts if they’re going to remember the games at all. Just remember what we did for the families and the impact they had on people’s lives and all the devastation.

The team traveled to Norman Tuesday afternoon to personally deliver the supplies to the victims who are temporarily displaced.

Luckily, the team will have an extra day to help in the relief efforts, as officials have decided to move the start of the tournament from Wednesday to Thursday.

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