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NC State, UNC, Duke join Houston basketball coach’s drive for flood victims

N.C. State head basketball coach Kevin Keatts speaks during a media availability at at the Dail Basketball Complex on August 1, 2017.
N.C. State head basketball coach Kevin Keatts speaks during a media availability at at the Dail Basketball Complex on August 1, 2017. ehyman@newsobserver.com

Houston Cougars basketball coach Kelvin Sampson asked for help for flood victims caused by Tropical Storm Harvey in his city.

His coaching contemporaries, including all three coaches in the Triangle, have responded with an outpouring of support.

Sampson posted a message on his Twitter account on Monday night asking for his fellow coaches, at every level, to send 20 T-shirts and 10 pairs of sneakers to the University of Houston.

Sampson’s timeline has been overflowing with pictures of all of the shirts and shoes sent to help residents of the metro Houston area, which is under water after being hit with more than 49 inches of rain as of Tuesday afternoon.

UNC sent out 22 pairs of shoes and 30 T-shirts, Duke sent out two boxes of shoes and gear and N.C. State sent 30 pairs of shoes and a couple of dozen shirts.

N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts has known Sampson, who is from Laurinburg and was previously the coach at Oklahoma and Indiana, for a long time. Keatts said he saw Sampson’s tweet and thought it was a great idea and way to help.

“You look at the pictures of the flooding, and they’re tough to look at,” Keatts said Tuesday. “We want to do anything we can do to help.”

There are hundreds of pictures of packages on Sampson’s Twitter timeline from schools, college and high school, across the country.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Houston had already received a commitment from 350 schools and organizations in the first 24 hours since Sampson’s request. Sampson’s goal is to get 1,000 commitments, which would add up to 20,000 T-shirts and 10,000 shoes for flood victims.

Joe Giglio: 919-829-8938, @jwgiglio

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