AUSTIN, Texas — No. three Texas will host DePaul in a preseason women’s basketball exhibition game Sunday, with all ticket sales going to support the city of Uvalde construct a new college following the May shooting at Robb Elementary exactly where a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers.
The NCAA makes it possible for schools to schedule public exhibition games if they are utilized to help a charity occasion for social justice concerns or to help recovery efforts from a catastrophic occasion.
“Sometimes you really feel helpless wanting to support somebody,” Texas coach Vic Schaefer stated. “I felt like this could possibly be an chance for us as a university, as an athletic division and my system, to definitely attain out.”
Schaefer has pledged to donate $1,000 for each and every 1,000 fans who attend, and he would like at least ten,000 tickets sold. The dollars raised will go to the Uvalde CISD Moving Forward Foundation.
“I’m definitely begging and pleading for our neighborhood to come out, to do as a lot as we can to be a element of assisting them rebuild and heal,” stated Schaefer, who noted that as of Wednesday there have been three,000 tickets sold.
The game will be televised on the Longhorn Network.
“It is for a great bring about and it really is constantly specific to be capable to support out like this, particularly with the tragic occasion that occurred,” stated Texas guard Sonya Morris, who transferred from DePaul following final season. “We want to have a lot of fans come out and support us make an influence and spread awareness.”
Robb Elementary is permanently closed and has been slated to be demolished. Uvalde officials decided that students and households would not return to the web page of a single of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.
Schaefer stated he believed about an exhibition whilst attending a basketball occasion in Chicago this summer season and approached DePaul coach Doug Bruno about the thought. Bruno swiftly accepted, saying he was honored Schaefer invited his group.
“Unfortunately, the Uvalde tragedy could have occurred anyplace,” Bruno stated. “As citizens of the greatest nation in the globe, we have an obligation to operate to finish all violence, like gun violence.”