With week 1 of the 2017 season behind us, everyone is analyzing and judging what the Canes are doing on the field and on the sidelines with the “Turnover Chain”. However, it is what Miami is doing off the field that should have people talking. Less than a month after launching the "U Network", a project with the mission of helping former players find jobs within the community that is being facilitated by Coach Richt’s wife, Katharyn, the Canes are once again showing their commitment to giving back.
This time, the beneficiary is not former players or the local community, but the nation. The Canes Family has banded together to assist those impacted by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. The football program used Hard Rock Stadium during their home opener against Bethune-Cookman as a hub for fans to drop off donations of much needed essentials such as toiletries and diapers for those in the Houston area. This partnership with the Miami Dolphins and the Red Cross will run through September 15th.
Other efforts around the University of Miami includes the "Houston, We Got U" initiative created by two UM law students from the Houston area. This two-part fundraiser, was started to collect monetary and rescue donations for the millions affected by the storm. In addition, the basketball program helped with relief by donating much needed clothes and footwear to those that have lost everything.
After seeing such turmoil and destruction in person, as a resident of south Houston, I am thankful for all the individuals and organizations that are donating and volunteering to help rebuild and restore the city. As a UM alumni, seeing my alma mater step up to the call makes me proud to forever be a Hurricane! Canes Family, impacts of Harvey are still being felt across the city as homes are still being evacuated. Please continue to answer the call through one of the above efforts or these following organizations. The Houston Flood Relief Fund spearheaded by J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans or the Texas Diaper Bank.