Are there any sports fans in America more completely devoted to their competition of choice than SEC fans are to their football?
We're going to say no, and so it's only appropriate that the conference has repaid a small part of that devotion today by announcing a $500,000 donation to the University of Alabama to aid its relief efforts in the wake of last week's tornado disaster. The conference issued a release including the following statements:
“Our hearts go out to all the victims of these recent tornados but especially to our academic colleagues and their students,” said Dr. Bernie Machen , President of the University of Florida and the Southeastern Conference. “While we compete fiercely in athletics we also support each other fiercely in times of need. The efforts of the conference and our institutions will help alleviate the effects of this devastating catastrophe" ...The league has also encouraged its fans to donate to the university's "Acts of Kindness" fund, available here, which has been "established to support an emergency-assistance program for university faculty, staff and students."
“The tornados that went through Tuscaloosa have severely impacted the lives of students, faculty and staff of the University of Alabama, and will continue to do so for months to come,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “We express our sympathies and prayers to everyone who has been impacted by this storm and we are pleased to be able to assist in the recovery efforts.”
It goes without saying, however, that even $500,000 is only a drop in the bucket of what is needed to help the South rebuild from the deadliest U.S. disaster since Katrina. Please consider donating $10 by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999 or visiting redcross.org.