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MCCC Athletics Department Pitches in to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

9/12/17


The Athletics Department was able to donate shirts from past years and also received clothing donations from athletes and others in the MCCC community,

West Windsor, N.J. – Somewhere in the Houston area, students affected by Hurricane Harvey will be sporting Mercer County Community College (MCCC) tee-shirts and other items of clothing contributed by MCCC’s Athletics Department. The department quickly organized a week-long drive to collect shirts, shoes and toiletries for Houston area residents.

The project arose following a Facebook challenge from Kelvin Sampson, head coach for men’s basketball at the University of Houston. Sampson requested college athletic departments around the county to send shirts and shoes to be distributed to those in need in Texas.

MCCC’s Jane Berlinger, assistant coach for women’s basketball, saw the post and shared it with Erin Cahill-Wetzel, the Athletics Department’s administrative specialist. The two quickly went to work to organize the drive.

“It was a great idea on Coach Sampson’s part and one in which we could easily participate. Athletic departments always have extra shirts and shoes lying around from past years,” Cahill-Wetzel said.

Associate Athletic Director Keir Livingston helped to locate MCCC shirts and shoes in the equipment room to donate, while other clothing donations came from student athletes, especially the women’s soccer team.  Howard Levy, MCCC head coach for men’s basketball, donated socks from his New York apparel company, Hypnotic Hats.

Cahill-Wetzel reports that the response was overwhelming. In just one week, three large boxes full of shoes, socks, shirts and toiletries were collected and will be heading to the University of Houston.

“We received daily drop-offs from athletes and MCCC staff members. It was inspiring to see such generosity. We collected enough items to enable us to donate to some local organizations and charities. It was a great project for our students to be part of. We thank everyone who gave,” Cahill-Wetzel said.

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