Student athletes assist in flood donations
Before the first home game of the football season, Ragin’ Cajuns NCAA athletes stood outside the gates of Cajun Field and assisted in collecting funds for the university’s Annual Fund.
The second home game of the season against McNeese State University was another great as student-athletes from all NCAA sports helped collect funds for students who were affected by this year’s flood.
As spectators entered the gates, student-athletes stood with boxes and buckets and asked fans for donations to help student flood victims. Monetary donations will be collected until Sept. 30.
Student-athletes, who represent each University of Louisiana at Lafayette NCAA sport, will be wearing their team clothing and accepting donations from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. Student-athletes will also collect contributions at the Oct. 12 home football game as well.
“It was a collective idea from various people to use these football games as a way to help fellow students,” said Rob Stewart, associate director of Athletics for External Affairs. “This is in support of the university’s Annual Fund that is currently being targeted to assist students affected by the floods.”
Not only have student-athletes assisted in donations: they’ve helped clear water damaged homes, held food drives and donated supplies to victims. The University of South Alabama also donated supplies to victims of the flood.
The university will give students priority who are at-risk for attendance because of flood-related issues.
“We know that our fans are generous and want our students to succeed academically,” said university president, Joseph Savoie, Ph.D., in a recent post on the university website. “If we all give a little, together we can make sure that all of our students can stay on course.”
Because the flooding in Louisiana was so costly, the university has paused tuition payment deadlines and created payment plan options for students affected by flooding.
In addition to athletes helping victims, students have been helping those affected by the flood. The University Program Council has been collecting cases of water and canned goods for those who lost everything to the waters.
The university’s Annual Fund provides funding to meet the university’s immediate needs including enriching the student experience through scholarships, retention and campus development.
Donations made to the UL Lafayette Annual Fund can be made online at the UL Lafayette foundation website, by mail or by phone at (337) 482-0700.
If checks are made, make them payable to the UL Lafayette Foundation should be mailed to: P.O. Box 44290, Lafayette, LA 70504. Please note on the memo line Student Emergency Relief.