CHAPEL HILL — In the wake of devastating flooding in the eastern portion of North Carolina, Commissioner Que Tucker and the NCHSAA Board of Directors has declared Oct. 21 to be Hurricane Matthew Relief Assistance Night at all NCHSAA football contests.
Member schools are asked to participate by collecting money at any home football contest that night and then forward those monies to the association which will act as a clearinghouse. All money will be divided and sent to school systems in the counties that have been designated as disaster areas and were federally approved for individual assistance to help homeowners and renters repair or replace damaged homes.
The NCHSAA Board of Directors has approved matching funds up to $20,000 to add to the money collected on Oct. 21 by member schools on Hurricane Matthew Relief Assistance Night. Funds distributed to affected LEA’s would be available to help the schools as determined by local school boards.
“With so much devastation across eastern North Carolina, we began thinking about what might be possible to directly help our schools that have been affected,” said Tucker. “We remembered Hurricane Floyd and that we collected money at Regional Meetings, with the NCHSAA supplying a match in that case as well. Once again, we want to get our school communities involved to help our member schools and systems recover from this wide-spread disaster.”
The Board of Directors also approved designating Dec. 16 as a Hurricane Matthew Relief Assistance Night, asking member schools to take up money at home basketball games to contribute to the relief effort. Again the proceeds from that night would be sent to the NCHSAA, which would act as a clearinghouse to distribute the funds to affected LEA’s and the NCHSAA will match money raised in the Dec. 16 relief effort up to $20,000.
“Great things are possible when we all work together,” Tucker said. “This is a service opportunity for our membership and we must rally around those who have been devastated by this historic flooding in eastern North Carolina.”
As schools sign on to help, find updated information on which schools will be participating by visiting NCHSAA.org/Hurricane_Matthew_Relief.
Local schools have not yet announced if they will be participating in the hurricane relief night. The Tribune and The Yadkin Ripple will have updates to this story if they are announced before Friday’s games.