Dear Fellow Mountaineers,
This is Randy Mazey, the baseball coach here at WVU. I am currently the campaign chair for this year’s United Way fundraising drive. We are way behind in our fundraising efforts for the current year. Everyone should have been sent the pledge form in the mail, but before you grab it off of your desk, I would like for you to take a few moments to think about something: there are very few opportunities in life to make an immediate impact on someone else’s life, but when you do, it gives you an unbelievable feeling of satisfaction that you have given some of what you are lucky enough to have to someone who is less fortunate than you.
I witnessed firsthand the power of giving this past season with my baseball team. We finished the regular season this past year at Oklahoma State in Stillwater and the conference tournament was being held in Oklahoma City the following weekend, so we made the short trip across the state a few days early. We happened to be in Oklahoma City when the devastating tornados hit Moore, Oklahoma, which is only a few miles away. As soon as we saw the devastation that occurred in the aftermath, several players on my team came to me and asked what we could do to help. We tried to get the bus into Moore to help the victims but the police would not let us in, so we went to Walmart that evening and I told each player to load a grocery cart full of items that they thought people who had just lost their homes could use. Each player came to the checkout line with shoes, clothes, diapers, blankets and tons of other stuff. While we were shopping, a lady came to us and asked us what we were doing. She proceeded to tell us that she had just lost her home that morning, and for about a 3-hour period that day, she did not know if her children had survived the tornado because they were at school when it hit. Can you even begin to imagine? We invited her to go through our carts after we had checked out and take any supplies that she felt like she needed, and she did.
The following weekend, after we had been eliminated from the Big 12 tournament, we had an extra day in town before our flight left back to Morgantown. I gave our players an opportunity to take the day off because it had been such a long season with our rigorous travel schedule, but I also told them that I had found a way to go into Moore to help some families clean up after the disaster and that’s what I was going to do. They could come if they wanted, but in no way did they have to. When I boarded the bus to go to Moore, every player on the team was already on there, eager to help. Please watch these short videos to see what our players did on those days:
Twenty years from now, our players will not remember the scores of the games that we played that weekend, but I promise you that they will remember what they did for the people who NEEDED us!
Thankfully we were there and able to help.
So if you are able to help with this campaign, please reach across your desk, grab that form, and sign up to help! You can do it for as little as $10 per month and you’ll be amazed at how good it makes you feel.