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May 22, 2013

From Durant to SaberCats, athletes pitching in for Moore relief

OU rowing team does its part



Perkins was maligned in the press the past month for his subpar play during the postseason. Many Thunder fans have been vocal about the team jettisoning the big man.

Despite that, Perkins was front and center lending a hand and more.

“At the end of the day we are all here to support each other,” Perkins said. “Just like the fans come out and support us at the games, it’s no different. We are all one family. So we all have to support each other.”

In Norman, it was Sooners finding ways to help. On the day the rowing team was to receive its first invitation to the NCAA championships, the squad was set to have a watch party for its selection.

It never took place.

Instead, the team collected more than $2,000 from team members and staff and went shopping for supplies, eventually delivering them to the OU Housing Center, where displaced families are residing.

The university is housing more than 100 displaced individuals, as well as members of the National Guard.

Local high school athletes also found themselves getting into the act. Southmoore senior Jackson Stallings joined with student Christine Nguyen to collect items that filled up 18 trucks and five cars Tuesday at Earlywine Elementary. They also took in $500, all of it going to different donation sites around Moore, Norman, Newcastle and Oklahoma City.

“We were able to really get around and go to some of the impact points,” Stallings said. “That was pretty rewarding.”

Stallings, who has signed to play football at Yale, also solicited another donation from his future coach.

“I think Yale football is going to make a donation of clothes and gear,” Stallings said. “And also make cash donations for some of the kids who lost their home. That’s pretty powerful. Just thinking of that, the scope of this is kind of beyond our comprehension. This isn’t just a local event. It’s national.”

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