Purdue Athletics to stage hurricane relief drive for The Bahamas
Purdue Athletics has joined in the relief efforts as well, setting up a drive for Hurricane Dorian-affected victims in The Bahamas.
The program encourages fans attending the football game at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, this Saturday night, to bring items to donate to those affected by the storm here in The Bahamas. There will be five drop-off locations: Gate B, Gate T2, Ross-Ade Pavilion entrance, Boilermaker Crossing at Weist Plaza and the north end of the stadium along Joe Tiller Drive.
On the school’s website, the program sent out a release asking for an abundance of items, more notably baby formula, baby food, bug spray, canned goods, cereal, disinfectant, first aid kits, flashlights, large plastic trash bags, Lysol cleaning products, non-perishable dry goods, pillows, sheet sets, towels, water and wet wipes. It stated that used clothes cannot be accepted.
All collected items will be transported to Florida via the Purdue football equipment trailer, provided by longtime Boilermaker supporter Mike Bloom, and subsequently sent on to The Bahamas.
The Boilermaker Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) helped to organize the event and will have representatives located at the drop-off points for assistance.
“This Saturday, not only is it our goal to create memorable moments for fans and to win a big football game, but also to help those who have been impacted and devastated by Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas,” said Peyton Stovall, assistant athletics director for student-athlete development and member of the SAAC advisory board. “This community prides itself on encouraging thy neighbor and helping those who are in need. The atmosphere for the game will be electric. That energy, combined with the mission to support the relief efforts in The Bahamas, certainly will make it a special night at Ross-Ade Stadium.”
Fans wishing to donate cash may do so via the American Red Cross website.
Purdue has three track and field athletes enrolled in its athletics program who hail from The Bahamas — senior Samson Colebrooke (Exuma), junior Tamar Greene (New Providence) and freshman Vinajah Adderley (New Providence). In addition, Athletics Head Coach Norbert Elliott was born and grew up in New Providence, and several alums who competed at Purdue are Bahamians.
This Saturday, the Purdue Boilermakers will host the Texas Christian University (TCU) Horned Frogs in college football at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Boilermakers come in with a 1-1 win-loss record, while the Horned Frogs are 1-0.
Kickoff between Purdue and TCU is set for 7:30 p.m.