Brighton athletic director John Thompson was watching news coverage of Hurricane Harvey when inspiration struck.
“I thought, ‘You know what? We’re going to try and help these folks,'” he said.
The result is a fundraiser between the first and second quarters of Thursday’s football game between Hartland and Brighton. All of the money raised will go toward the Pasadena (Tex.) Independent School District, an area which has gotten more than 50 inches of rain since Friday.
“They have a 501 (c) 3 educational foundation that supports some of their initiatives for their families and kids,” Thompson said. “All dollars (raised) will go to them and to kids who are sleeping in shelters, or need to get school supplies, or need to get back to school. Even if they’re going to the shelter tonight, we hope to make the 7-8 hours in school a little more normal for them.”
Thompson and Hartland athletic director J.D. Wheeler quickly reached agreement on the plan, which will involve collecting money in the stands as well has setting up a website for donations and donation canisters at tonight’s game.
“It’s one of those things where when we think about who we are, we’re nobody unless we’re everybody, and we’ve got to take care of everybody,” Thompson said. “That’s why we’re doing it.”