ASU baseball, softball teaming for Hurricane Maria relief
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - In the wake of Hurricane Maria and its impact on Puerto Rico, the Alabama State University baseball and softball programs will team up next week at their respective facilities to collect and distribute as many donated items as possible to the citizens of Puerto Rico affected by the flooding.
“Six of our players are from Puerto Rico,” Alabama State head baseball coach Jose Vazquez said. “All of them still have family on the island and are affected by the hurricane. This initiative is near and dear to our team, and we really hope that our Alabama State University family and the community will support us as we work to send items to Puerto Rico.”
Donations will be accepted at three locations around the Alabama State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics beginning Thursday morning, October 5. Donations will be accepted from 9 am until 2 pm at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex. The donation location will move over to ASU Stadium at each entry gate to the stadium for Thursday’s night football game against Alcorn State, with gates opening at 4:30 pm. The donations will continue on Sunday, as the Alabama State softball team will host a pair of teams in fall competition –Talladega and Tuskegee – beginning at 11 am.
Suggested items needed in Puerto Rico include the following: batteries (mostly C and D), flashlights, first aid supplies, bottled water, canned food, personal hygiene items, feminine care products, baby care items (diapers and baby formula), mosquito repellent, battery-operated fans, cleaning supplies and garbage bags.
Those who make a donation will be entered into a raffle to win a pair of tickets to the Turkey Day Classic contest.