COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – With constant hurricane devastation affecting multiple NJCAA regions across the southern United States, member institutions stepped up to support their fellow colleges. Through the #NJCAACares social media campaign, NJCAA members helped to raise over $35,000 to aid the relief efforts caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
21 member institutions in Region 14 (Texas) and 26 member institutions in Region 8 (Florida) recently felt the affects of mother nature. Athletic directors, coaches, and student-athletes were uprooted from their locations to seek safety. Fall contests were postponed and canceled, facilities were left ravaged from flooding. A time that is normally reserved for excitement, the beginning of the fall sports seasons in these regions were put on hold to recover from the havoc that was endured.
With questions of uncertainty piling up for those affected, NJCAA members from around the country stepped up to support their fellow schools. Athletic teams donned 'Texas Strong- #NJCAACares' t-shirts prior to their matches, donated countless clothes and personal items, and expressed their support via social media. Along with individual school support, Arbiter Sports, the officiating management partner of the NJCAA, donated $5,000 to the cause.
With an initial push for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas, the NJCAA and its member schools will collaborate with Team IP, the official championship merchandise partner of the NJCAA, to support Hurricane Irma relief efforts. Team IP, headquartered in Stuart, FL designed the original 'Texas Strong- #NJCAACares' t-shirt and will release further details in the coming days.
To show your support for those in need, visit www.njcaacares.com to purchase t-shirts in individual or bulk order. Follow @NJCAA and join in on social media using the Tweet #NJCAACares hashtag. For a full recap of NJCAA member support, view the social media campaign below.
Questions regarding this project can be directed to Mark Krug at the NJCAA National Office at 719.590.9788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow @NJCAA members in Texas as they prepare for Hurricane Harvey. Be safe.— ACCC (@acccathletics) August 25, 2017
Please keep our @NJCAA friends in the path of Hurricane Harvey in your thoughts.— NJCAA Region XII (@NJCAARegion12) August 25, 2017