The Norman Transcript


June 16, 2013

Fla. coach helping Moore football gear up



McCrae doesn’t want to coaches or school officials be humble or bashful in making out their lists. Even if something only got scratched, he said consider it damaged and ask for two more to replace it.

The same goes for individual kids who may have lost their own personal equipment at home.

“There is another tornado coming, unfortunately,” McCrae said. “So what I want to happen is for it to all trickle down to all the little leagues who don’t have contact information. The high schools and middle schools will be the drop-off point. But then it’s going to be whoever needs this stuff, come and get it. You shouldn’t have anything less than you had last year just because Mother Nature decided to pick on you.”

McCrae was worried about stepping on people’s toes when he came up with this idea. But as parents worry about replacing homes, cars and other things, he wanted to eliminate at least one small worry.

As soon as the trailer is loaded with donations, it will make its way from Jacksonville to Moore. Only then will McCrae believe his job is done.

“I never thought this thing would get off the ground in a million years,” McCrae said. “I don’t know the first thing about running charities or logistics. Or anything like that. But the human spirit is a great thing. That’s what’s driving this whole thing. It’s really a marvelous thing to be part of now.”

Coaches in Moore or school district officials can e-mail their list of needed sports equipment to Brian McCrae  at

Michael Kinney

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