Mean Green Athletics to Support Campus Relief Efforts
UNT Offering Several Ways Fans Can Contribute
DENTON – The North Texas Athletics Department is working with UNT and Conference USA officials to provide relief efforts to people affected by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent storms in south Texas. There will be several ways to assist at and around Apogee Stadium this Saturday in conjunction with the Mean Green football game vs. Lamar.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends and fellow Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey," North Texas Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics and director of athletics Wren Baker said. "We are excited to join other schools in the state and around the country in supporting relief initiatives. As we know, Texans are strong in their resolve, grit and determination. North Texas Athletics stands with our University to assist relief efforts in any way possible."
Carter Blood Care will have a donation station set up at the base of the pedestrian bridge on the Fouts Field (east) side of Interstate 35E in front of the Murchison Performing Arts Center. People who donate blood will receive a voucher which can be redeemed for two free tickets to the Mean Green football game on Oct. 14 against UT San Antonio.
The athletics department will also be donating all parking proceeds from the Fouts Field cash lot to relief efforts. In communicating with colleagues directly affected by the storm and various local charities, the department has been advised that cash donations are most helpful at this time. North Texas is also supporting the Conference USA YouCaring crowd-funding platform designed to raise funds for medical and charitable causes, to assist those affected by the storm. Supporters can go to YouCaring.com/CUSAcares to donate. No amount is too small.
There is also a plan to have various donation opportunities throughout Apogee that will directly benefit the American Red Cross and Salvation Army in their relief efforts. The athletics department will push information throughout the stadium, including a PSA from Rice head coach David Bailiff, with how fans can donate to these organizations.
The Mean Green football equipment truck will also be a part of a unified effort with several other universities in Texas to collect supplies in Austin. The trucks will be part of a convoy that will deliver supplies to Houston for residents affected by the storm. Items can be donated from 1-5 p.m. today at the following dropoff locations in Austin where equipment trucks will be located:
- North Austin: 1212 E. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78752 – Texas Tech, SMU, UNT, TCU, Baylor
- South Austin: 5010 Burleson Rd., Austin, TX 78744 – Texas, Texas State, UTSA, Houston
The equipment truck convoy will then depart for Houston Friday morning.
The Mean Green basketball programs joined an effort with basketball programs from around the country, donating t-shirts, shorts and shoes to the University of Houston basketball teams, which will distribute those items to people in need.
Mean Green fans can also join the UNT campus community with donations through the online charities directory located here.