By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON — Rice Men’s Basketball has raised over $190,000 through its hurricane fund, as of Wednesday afternoon.
The team spearheaded an initiative to raise money through YouCaring. Any donation will go straight to the City of Houston Hurricane Harvey Relief. Fans can learn more here and donate here. Fans can also donate here.
Graduate A.J. Lapray has not been in Houston long, but he knew right away that he wanted to do something to help the community.
“Even on my official visit, I could tell that this city was about the community. It’s so diverse and everyone seems to care for one another. That’s how I was welcomed to this team. Everyone seemed to care and really help take care of me. So something I felt like I need to do was help out in any way I can and I know that my teammates feel the exact same way”.
For senior and Houston native J.T. Trauber, it was especially devastating to see Hurricane Harvey and the effect it had on the city that he has lived in his entire life.
“I’m born and raised in Houston; have grown up here my whole life. I want to stay here my entire life. I love this city so much. To see the devastation was truly heartbreaking. That definitely played a role in wanting to help those that were affected. (I want to help) build the city back up because there was so much devastation. I want us to build (the city) back up and become even greater and stronger from this because in my opinion, Houston is the best city in the world.”
Rice will continue to raise money throughout the basketball season, which begins Nov. 10 against Eastern Kentucky.