Hurricane Florence hasn’t made it to the Atlantic Coast just yet, but anticipation of the storm has already canceled a number of college football games this weekend. The acts of kindness for those evacuating their homes keeps coming, too.
Tennessee is offering free tickets to families making their way inland. Colgate University, which had its game at Furman canceled, has given up their hotel roommates and donating their team meals for those displaced by the storm.
Furman Unviersity, located in in Greenville, South Carolina, was originally on the outer edge of the projected storm, thus making the game featuring the Paladins and Raiders possible, but a change in the forecast made it one of many games in the area to be canceled.
“The course of the storm looks like it’s taking a bit more of a path to impact our game,” Colgate head coach Dan Hunt said. “At the end of the day, you have to look at the big picture and that’s the safety of everyone involved. And by that I mean the teams and families but also the allotment of resources used for the game that could be better used somewhere else.”
So instead of making the trip from Hamilton, New York to South Carolina, the Colgate Raiders, members of the Patriot League, released all of their hotel rooms and requested the team’s meals be given to the new hotel guests.
“We immediately gave up our hotel rooms so that more rooms are now available to those coming inland. But we still bought the meals we were going to have and requested that the hotel serve those meals to people who have been relocated, on us. We were going to have a Chick-fil-A delivered to the airplane after the game but have sent instructions that those meals be distributed wherever it could do the most good.” — Dan Hunt
What a class act. Although it’s tough the game won’t be played, the Football Championship Subdivision program just picked up a lot more fans because of this.
“It’s obviously a disappointment that we are not playing but at the end of the day, there are bigger decisions that need to be made for the safety fo a lot of people,” Hunt added. “This is 100 percent the right decision.