GIVING BEYOND THE GAME is a fundraising effort organized by a group of NCAA college football coaches’ wives from across the country to raise money for victims of recent natural disasters. The 2017 campaign will include an auction for autographed football helmets from each participating university, as well as the opportunity to donate online to the initiative.
The website (www.givingbeyondthegame.org) will launch Friday, September 29. The online donation form will be available through December 9, 2017.
The Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GivingBeyondTheGame) will launch September 29.
The online auction, available on the GIVING BEYOND THE GAME website will launch November 1, 2017, at 12:00pm, and run through 11:59pm on November November 15, 2017.
GIVING BEYOND THE GAME was conceived as a response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma & Maria. This not-for-profit project is raising funds specifically for the Houston Food Bank, Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Response Team & Feeding South Florida, and will also address immediate needs for relief and recovery in Puerto Rico.
- Houston Food Bank – The Houston Food Bank feeds 800,000 people per year. Every dollar donated to the Houston Food Bank provides the equivalent of three meals for one individual.
- Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Response Team – The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Response Team plays a critical role in ensuring that animals impacted by disaster have a second chance at life. Fully equipped to provide veterinary care for triage and treatment of injured animals to working with community animal shelter partners, the VET provides animals and their owners hope for happy endings.
- Feeding South Florida – Feeding South Florida works in close partnership with SERT, EOC & FEMA, and participates in emergency management meetings throughout the counties we serve. For every $1 donated we can help provide six meals to those in need.
The need for relief in these areas will be extensive and long-term. Donations will be housed at Communities Foundation of Texas and upon termination of the fall campaign, funds will be distributed to these charities for the purpose of providing relief to storm-damaged areas.
The founders of the project, which include the wives of many NCAA college football coaches*,
encourage donors from their respective colleges and fan bases to share this fundraising project to increase its presence and aid in fundraising.
Kristi Malzahn (Auburn), Kes Harson (Boise State), Kathleen Swinney (Clemson), Donna Tedford (Fresno State), Sharon Snyder (Kansas State) Katharyn Richt (University of Miami), Becky Dantonio (Michigan State), Tia Odom (University of Missouri), Christi Fedora (University of North Carolina), Shelley Meyer (Ohio State), Caitlin Riley (University of Oklahoma), Fumi Franklin (Penn State), Elise Jones (South Alabama), Kori Shaw (Stanford), Kelsey Patterson & Kate Dykes (TCU), Michelle Herman (University of Texas), Charlene Sumlin (Texas A&M), Jenny Fuente (Virginia Tech), Barbara Peterson (University of Washington), Kerry Gibson (West Virginia).