When it comes to sports, tragedy is never thought of, outside of the bad loss which could end the season. Otherwise, form High School to the professional ranks, the world keeps turning as practices and games take place like clockwork.
Until something catastrophic happens which changes this from taking place.
This is what happened when floods ripped through the heart of West Virginia, wiping out everything in it’s path. That includes Clay County High School’s entire set of football equipment, and damaged their playing field.
According to Clay County Public Schools superintendent Joe Paxton, the NFL and Pittsburgh Steelers have stepped up to help out in multiple ways. The NFL and Steelers both donated $15 thousand dollars a piece to help give the school what they need to continue their program next season. The money will be used to fix the field, as well as purchase all new equipment for the athletes who suit up every Friday night.
The Steelers took the giving a step further and invited Clay County football players to their training camp last summer, and also brought the players to a game at Heinz Field in January, providing both transportation and food money for the event.
Even the college football ranks stepped up to help out. Per the report, last summer, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, Seminoles offensive line coach Rick Trickett and Alabama head coach Nick Saban sought donations from high school coaches across the country for Clay County and other flooded West Virginia high schools.
Stories like these don’t get enough publicity among the mainstream media. The NFL, prominent college football programs and the Steelers doing something good for those in need, but all organizations involved should be applauded for helping those in need.