Daily Sports Smile: Western Kentucky basketball offers free admission for families impacted by tornadoes
It has been a tough week for families across the Midwest. Multiple states are dealing with the aftermath of devastating tornadoes. One of the hardest hit areas was in Kentucky.
Several families were displaced in the tragic storms. To help in relief efforts, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers basketball team jumped into action.
On Tuesday, the Hilltoppers offered free admission to their game against Centre College to those in need. Families were able to receive a free meal at the concession stands during the game.
Fans were encouraged to donate as well. The university set up designated areas for physical and monetary donations. They also shared a public link for the Warren County Public Schools (WCPS) Synergy Relief Fund.
Western Kentucky canceled practice Monday to help clear debris and assist in the cleanup process.
Throughout the weekend, the team worked alongside the women's basketball team in the local community.
The Hilltoppers extended their winning streak against Centre College. It was another big accomplishment after the team dedicated Saturday’s 71-48 victory against Ole Miss to the Bowling Green community.
“As great as this win is, as excited as we all are, our thoughts, our prayers, our hearts are still back in Bowling Green,” Hilltoppers head coach Rick Stansbury said after the Ole Miss game. “All those people who lost loved ones, that's lost property, businesses – at the end of the day, this is still a game, and we've all got to keep that in perspective.”
Around the state, other universities are making an impact as well. The Kentucky Wildcats hosted a telethon with proceeds going to the American Red Cross to help tornado victims.