Help Hurricane Harvey survivors at UNT vs. Lamar football game Sept. 2

Sept. 1, 2017

Dear UNT Community,

I hope you are all planning to join me this Saturday for the Mean Green football season opener! I am so proud of the resilience of the Lamar football team and their determination to move on with life and play this weekend’s game. We welcome them to our campus as our thoughts continue to be with our students and their families affected by Hurricane Harvey. I hope something as simple as this football game can help the Lamar fans and families as they begin to recover from the storm’s devastation.

This also is our chance to honor and show appreciation for our faculty and staff and the hard work that you do supporting and instructing our students. If you haven’t claimed your game tickets yet, there is still time to do so. Call the Athletics ticket office at 940-565-2527 to get your two free tickets and to purchase additional tickets for $5 each. Read more about the faculty and staff appreciation game and activities.

Thankfully, this game also provides many opportunities to help those who are in need because of Hurricane Harvey.

A Carter Blood Care donation bus will be accepting blood donations from noon to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 (Saturday) outside the Murchison Performing Arts Center on North Texas Boulevard. All donors will receive a T-shirt and a voucher for two free tickets to the Oct. 14 Mean Green football game. All donations made at this drive will be used to meet the blood needs of patients in South Texas.

If you park in the Fouts Field cash lot during the game Saturday, our Athletics department will donate your $10 parking fee to storm relief efforts.

Opportunities to give to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army will exist throughout Apogee Stadium Saturday. While there are lots of ways that we can give to the rescue and recovery efforts, cash donations are the most helpful. Read about ways you can give.

The Mean Green football equipment truck is taking part in a unified effort with other universities to collect supplies in Austin. Those items will then travel by convoy to Houston for storm survivors.

Also, faculty and staff can contribute to the North Texas Emergency Fund that helps our students facing catastrophic circumstances make necessary purchases or cover required expenses. It was created through donations and UNT support and can be used for textbooks, travel expenses, supplies, personal items and more.

I hope to see you at the game Saturday!

Go Mean Green!

UNT Proud,
Neal Smatresk