The Norman Transcript


June 16, 2013

Fla. coach helping Moore football gear up



McCrae came up with the idea of Sooner Equipped. It’s a simple plan to fill a 53-foot semi-trailer with athletic gear and drive it across the country to Moore.

“We want to make sure that those kids have Friday nights in Oklahoma,” McCrae said. “It’s a time they can get away from everything else. Football is great first aid. I just made a few phone calls, talking to coaches to see what we could do and before you know, it took off like lighting.”

Since McCrae is still laid up in his hospital bed, he has had to leave it to others to do the grunt work. But it’s been his calls to coaches, the media and other sources that have helped get the word out about Sooner Equipped. He even got Bob Vetzel of Hills Van Service to donate the trailer being used and to pay for it to be driven to Oklahoma.

Now, McCrae and his people just have to fill it. But he doesn’t want to give the people of Moore equipment they will never use or don’t need. That’s why he’s calling on all coaches from the Moore schools who lost anything in the tornado to send him a list of what they need. From the high schools on down to the youth leagues, he wants to be Santa Claus.

Along with the coaches McCrae has already called and e-mailed in Florida seeking donations for Sooner Equipped, he is getting help from other places. According to McCrae, he got a call from Max Preps, who offered to send the lists of needs to the more than 100,000 coaches in their database. They expect to fill the semi trailer with enough sports equipment that if another tornado strikes the area again, they will not have to worry about trying to replace what was lost because the reservoir will still be full.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 5.49.44 AM.png Julian Wilson, Geneo Grissom take on more suitable roles for 2015 season

    Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches....

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodard joins successful soccer team in Stillwater

    Haley Woodard has been one of the preeminent multi-sport stars in the state for several years. The Norman North senior is a state champion in track and soccer and has been an integral part of a basketball team that’s been to back-to-back ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Smoke turns corner at Indy

    INDIANAPOLIS — Drivers always say there’s something magical about Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the opportunity for NASCAR to race there opened the door for one of Jeff Gordon’s most treasured victories. It was a race Tony Stewart ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Roma tops Liverpool

    BOSTON — Marco Borriello scored in the 90th minute to give Roma a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in a preseason friendly Wednesday night at Fenway Park. There were limited chances until Borriello volleyed in a corner from in front of goal....

    July 24, 2014

  • Marcus Mariota helps Oregon’s PAC-12 title chance in preseason polls

    LOS ANGELES — Although Marcus Mariota knew he would be under a spotlight when he stepped onto the famed Paramount Studios lot Wednesday, the Oregon quarterback is getting quite comfortable in his starring role....

    July 24, 2014

  • Majka wins 16th stage, Nibali leads

    PLA D’ADET, France — On the last of four Pyrenees ascents, Rafal Majka winked at a French TV camera and tugged playfully at a motorcycle’s antenna....

    July 24, 2014

  • Aggie’s QB Chuckie Keeton talk dominates Mountain West media day

    LAS VEGAS — Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton got his junior season off to a superb start, only to have it derailed by a knee injury in Game 6....

    July 24, 2014

  • Heavily favored U.S. group faces off against world’s best female golfers

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The inaugural International Crown is unique for what it isn’t. Thirty-two elite players from eight countries will compete at Caves Valley Golf Club to determine which nation has the best women’s players in the world. ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Weir, DeLaet attempt to end 60-year Open drought

    MONTREAL — Mike Weir was well aware that it has been 60 years since a Canadian won the Canadian Open....

    July 24, 2014

  • NCAA infractions chair responds to ‘cheating pays’

    The chairman of the NCAA’s infractions committee says a number of factors could be the cause for the lack of activity by the group that prompted Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to call the enforcement program “broken.”

    July 23, 2014