Flying Squirrels, VCU collect donations for Hurricane Harvey victims on Saturday

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond Flying Squirrels and Virginia Commonwealth University teamed up with the American Red Cross to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas.

They held an event at The Diamond Saturday,  inviting people from the greater Richmond area to contribute food, clothing or other items that can provide relief to those affected by the storm.

Flying Squirrels Vice President Todd “Parney” Parnell said the event shows how sports can bring a community together.

“I think sports in times of trouble can really help heal,” Parnell said.

The partnership with VCU’s Men’s Basketball team was a likely partnership and Head Coach Mike Rhoades spent the past three years in Houston. Rhoades said he was overwhelmed by the support.

“It tells you a lot about this city, a lot about the people,” Rhoades said. “When other people are down, there’s people there to rescue you and help you. From the bottom of our heart, from our family, from our team, we really appreciate everybody being apart of this it means a lot.”

The Flying Squirrels will also be collecting cash donations through Labor Day weekend at their games. All donations, up to $10,000, will be matched by the Minor League Baseball Charities.

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