By Zach Joachim
VCU Basketball and the Richmond Flying Squirrels held a donation collection at The Diamond on Saturday, Sept. 2 in an effort to provide relief for those afflicted by hurricane Harvey.
VCU head coach Mike Rhoades — a Houston native — said he had confidence in Richmond’s willingness to provide support to the Lone Star State.
“I know RVA will once again come through for those that need our help,” Rhoades said. “We need you to contribute and assist all those in the Houston-area who were decimated by this terrible storm. This initiative will directly make it better for those that need it. My family, our team our team and our VCU community will be actively involved at the Diamond.”
Squirrels and VCU players alike teamed up with the Richmond community, the Red Cross and Minor League Baseball to put on the event. Items collected filled five trucks and were transported to Houston-area shelters by Hilldrup Moving and Storage.
“That was one of the most amazing things I’ve been a part of in Minor League Baseball,” said Todd Parnell, Richmond Flying Squirrels vice president and CEO. “The amount of people who came out, I can’t even describe it.”