Buffalo, NY - Following the destruction of Hurricane Maria, the D'Youville men's basketball team recently helped raise funds for relief efforts to assist the people of Puerto Rico help get back on their feet.
Along with the D'Youville Athletics Committee, the men's basketball team sponsored a "Benefit for Puerto Rico" game on Monday, November 20. Throughout the day, bracelets and shirts were sold by athletics committee to raise funds for those in need in Puerto Rico. Gate receipts and all concession profits were donated as part of the effort for hurricane relief.
In total, over $500 was raised and donated. The money raised went to the Father Belle Center, who coordinated the efforts.
Head men's basketball coach and athletics committee advisor Earl Schunk wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to give back to those who were in need.
"Having worked on the West Side of Buffalo for 30 years, I was very aware of the problems that Hurricane Maria caused," said Schunk. "We all decided it would be a great idea to help in any way we can. The team and the athletics committee were only too glad to help."
Millions were left without power following Maria's destruction. Thousands more were deeply impacted and several even lost their lives. With the amount generously donated by the D'Youville community, the hope is that it can provide some sort of relief for those who are in need of it.