CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Alabama coach Nick Saban and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher are seeking support for high school football programs decimated by floods in their native West Virginia.
Several West Virginia schools were heavily damaged in the June 23 floods that killed 23 people statewide. Both coaches asked high schools in their respective states this week to each donate a full football uniform, including pads and helmets and practice jerseys, by July 25 so that they can be transported to West Virginia.
Fisher says many West Virginia high schools will be unable to field a football team without major assistance. In a letter to coaches, he wrote that "I know that we can help these members of our football family."
Fisher was born in Clarksburg. Saban grew up just outside of Monongah and says football was "such an important part of my childhood in West Virginia."
Donations can be sent to:
Uniform Flood Donations, c/o Florida State Football, 403 Stadium Drive West, Tallahassee, FL 32306
Mal Moore Athletic Complex, Attn: Jeff Springer, 323 Bryant Dr., Tuscaloosa, AL 35487