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May 2011 Issue

KSU Student-Athletes Aid in NW Georgia Tornado Relief

Kennesaw State University student-athletes, coaches, administrators and staff joined relief efforts in Ringgold in northwest Georgia after a mile-wide tornado packing winds of 175 mph carved a 13-mile path of destruction near the city’s downtown killing eight and destroying about 100 homes.

Nearly 75 boxes of supplies — blankets, clothing, water, canned goods, toiletries, cleaning supplies and other non-perishable items — were collected at drop-off locations throughout campus and transported by truck to American Red Cross distribution centers in Ringgold.

“The outpouring from the Kennesaw State community has been overwhelming”, said men’s tennis coach T.J. Greggs, who headed the relief effort. “We’re glad that we could lend a hand and help the people in Ringgold. To see first hand the damage that was caused has really inspired us to continue helping in any way possible to rebuild this community.”

Kennesaw State staff members Jennifer Brisson, Drew Hashimura, Dimitrios Kasarhis, Christie Smeal and Mark Toma aided in the day’s effort as did head men’s basketball coach Lewis Preston, senior associate athletic director Scott Whitlock and athletic director Vaughn Williams.

“All of us who traveled to Ringggold were awed by the mass wreckage and destruction. You see things like that on TV or read about them in the newspaper; but, ou never expect to face it yourself.,” said Whitlock. “To see it and experience it in-person was truly heart-wrenching. We left for home that day wanting to do more for the effort - and we will.”

Markeith Cummings, a sophomore on the men’s basketball team and Emily Bean, a freshman on the volleyball team, represented the student-athletes.

“We just want to make a difference and help the people here,” Bean said. “It is very sad to see all of the damage that was done, but we are glad to come out and do whatever we can to help Ringgold recover.”

The relief effort will continue throughout the summer at drop-off locations across the KSU campus.

Information provided by Kennesaw State University

Posted by Sonja Roberts on May 27, 2011
Published in: On Campus, Students on Campus

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