Wildcat fans show support for Houston at U of A game - Tucson News Now

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share

Wildcat fans show support for Houston at U of A game

Marina Kroeger brough the handmade sign to Saturday's game (Source: Tucson News Now). Marina Kroeger brough the handmade sign to Saturday's game (Source: Tucson News Now).
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Houston Cougars football team arrived in Tucson on Saturday to take on the University of Arizona Wildcats. 

Over the past week, the U of A packed two large trucks full of donations for the Hurricane Harvey victims. After the football game, the drivers will follow Houston’s equipment truck down to deliver the supplies and let them know the UA stands with Texas.

 “It was surreal going to the grocery stores. There’s nothing. There was no water, there was no bread.” Texas resident, Robin Sacks said.

Robin Sacks and her friend, Nicole Barbosa live just 40 miles north of Houston. They watched anxiously as Hurricane Harvey ripped through their state causing massive destruction. The storm also caused major flooding for the Houston Cougars football team.

“This is our first game for U of H because of the flooding,” Sacks said.

Sacks and Barbosa booked a flight from Texas to Tucson on Friday, to take their minds off of the Hurricane and cheer on the Cougars as they take on the Wildcats.

They said they were happily surprised to see so much support  before the game. They spotted a handmade sign, with the message, “Sending Arizona love down to Texas.” It was created by Marina Kroeger.

“I really feel for the parents and families who have kids playing here and they’re at home and these kids are probably distracted with what’s going on. I want to let them know we are thinking about them,” Marina Kroeger said.

The University of Arizona collected nearly 70 thousand pounds of supplies for the hurricane victims. Sacks said it’s overwhelming to see such generosity from strangers, who live more than one thousand miles away.

“It just shows people’s heart and their willingness to give and help out their neighbors even when you’re not from Texas,” Sacks said.

MOBILE USERS: Download our Tucson News Now app for Apple and Android devices.

Copyright 2017 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • KOLD Investigates: Out of control overtime?

    KOLD Investigates: Out of control overtime

    Friday, July 20 2018 2:09 AM EDT2018-07-20 06:09:51 GMT

    Not enough officers. The department and city of Tucson admits it is a problem. They say because of budget issues and retirements - the department has its fewest number of officers in 30 years. The number is about 800.

    Not enough officers. The department and city of Tucson admits it is a problem. They say because of budget issues and retirements - the department has its fewest number of officers in 30 years. The number is about 800.

  • Congressional District 2 Candidate: Brandon Martin

    Congressional District 2 Candidate: Brandon Martin

    Friday, July 20 2018 10:50 AM EDT2018-07-20 14:50:32 GMT

    Political newcomer Brandon Martin spoke with Tucson News Now about why he's running for the seat held now by Representative Martha McSally. 

    Political newcomer Brandon Martin spoke with Tucson News Now about why he's running for the seat held now by Representative Martha McSally. 

  • Silver Alert: Authorities looking for missing Bullhead City man

    Silver Alert: Authorities looking for missing Bullhead City man

    Friday, July 20 2018 10:37 AM EDT2018-07-20 14:37:36 GMT
    Phillip Sherman (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)Phillip Sherman (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
    Phillip Sherman (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)Phillip Sherman (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)

    A Silver Alert was issued for 76-year-old Phillip Sherman on Thursday, July 19. Sherman is described as white, 5-foot-9, 186 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. He was driving a brown 2012 Chevrolet Equinox with South Dakota license plate 1K5323. 

    A Silver Alert was issued for 76-year-old Phillip Sherman on Thursday, July 19. Sherman is described as white, 5-foot-9, 186 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. He was driving a brown 2012 Chevrolet Equinox with South Dakota license plate 1K5323. 

Powered by Frankly