Kansas, Missouri renew basketball rivalry to raise money for hurricane relief efforts

The Border War rivalry between Kansas and Missouri will return to the hardwood in 2017, but in a much different capacity as compared to years past.

The schools announced Friday that the programs will square off on Oct. 22 at Kansas City's Sprint Center as part of a charity exhibition game, with the goal of the game -- labeled the "Showdown for Relief" -- to raise awareness and $1 million for hurricane relief efforts in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

"The opportunity to make an impact on those suffering as result of the hurricanes, through the game of basketball, is a great opportunity for our program," Kansas coach Bill Self said in a release. "When I brought the idea to our administration we immediately decided that, if we were going to do this, it needed to be selfless, impactful, and there could be no recognized revenue as a result of the competition. With that in mind, I contacted Coach [Cuonzo] Martin and discussed the possibility of us playing an exhibition game for the benefit of so many affected by the catastrophic storms. We both felt that this would be a great opportunity to impact others."

Although this is just an exhibition game for charity, it's much more to those who live in the area. The rival schools have faced off 267 times over the years and were once conference foes but they have not played one another since 2012 following Missouri's move to the SEC.

Kansas and Missouri jointly sought and received a waiver from the NCAA to make the extra exhibition game possible. Martin, in his first season as Missouri coach, said it is suitable to use this game as a platform to help those in need impacted by the devastating hurricanes in recent months.

"The opportunity to use the platform of college basketball to help so many people in need is the most important aspect of this event," Martin said in a statement. "Buy tickets to this game, but also please donate if you are able to, as there are people in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who need our support. This scrimmage will not only be fun for fans of Mizzou and Kansas, but also for people all over the world."

The schools will split the approximately 18,000 tickets and all proceeds will go to the five relief efforts endorsed by the five living former U.S. presidents: the Houston Harvey Relief Fund, the Rebuild Texas Fund, the Florida Disaster Fund, Juntos y Unidos Por Puerto Rico and the Fund for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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