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August 3, 2013

Coach enlists Bryce Harper to help tornado victims in Moore schools

Signed memorabilia auction nets funds to replace equipment

MOORE — Coach Patrick McKay remembers the horror he experienced May 20 when a tornado ripped through his city. Even though he was fine, his wife and son were in the path of the twister at Briarwood Elementary School. Although his family was buried under the rubble of the demolished school, they survived.

But once McKay’s family was safe, the Westmoore High School coach knew he had to do something. The tornado had destroyed hundreds of homes, two schools and countless amounts of property damage. He couldn’t sit around and just be thankful.

“A couple of days after the tornado we walked over there by the school and there was a bat bag there,” McKay said. “It had a girl’s softball bat, helmet, glove and a couple of softballs in there. I was thinking, her mom and dad are

trying to find a place to live and this little girl is ready to play softball, but doesn’t have the equipment. It hit home that we need to get these kids back to some type of normalacy. Sometimes they don’t have the money to do that. I wanted to help out any way I could.”

That was when the idea of the Getting Moore Back In the Game began to take shape. The culmination came together Friday with a silent auction at Fort Thunder Harley Davidson in Moore.

Autographed items that were auctioned off came from iconic sports figures and all stars in MLB and the NFL.

“Everybody ask for donations, and that’s great,” McKay said. “But I wanted to try and give somebody something for the donation. People are going to donate money and they will give more money than the items are worth. Being involved in athletics for almost 20 years, it’s the first thing I thought of. Let’s get autographed items.”

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