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May 23, 2013

Aggies lend hand to storm victims

NORMAN — Getting ready to head to Oklahoma for this weekend’s Super Regional, Texas A&M was already prepared to help. The Aggies had organized a donation among the program for the residents of West, Texas, who were rocked by an explosion last month.

Then, just a day before Texas A&M left for OU, Moore was rocked by a powerful tornado that leveled parts of the city. And the Aggies sprung into action. Players directed coach Jo Evans to tweet that they were accepting any and all donations that Oklahomans needed.

Evans planned to bring what they received on the team bus to donate. But that was soon impossible, as the overwhelming response from the community dwarfed anything the Aggies could expect. A local moving company stepped in and donated a truck to bring the materials to Oklahoma, where the Aggies took it to Journey Church in Norman.

And the Sooners were there to meet them.

By coincidence, OU’s softball squad was at the church when the Aggies arrived, helping to unload trucks and donations. The Sooners have split time at several locations.

“I thought that was pretty cool, and ironic,” coach Patty Gasso said. “Right now softball seems very trivial, and you almost feel somewhat guilty playing. But we hope we can bring a little bit of relief and a distraction for those who come out to the game.”

Sooners try to keep focus on softball: Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso has kept her team busy volunteering in the community after Monday’s devastating tornado, but they’re also cognizant of the fact that the biggest game of their season is ahead of them.

To help keep the focus, a major part of what the Sooners have been doing is being open with each other following the tragedy.

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