Although the campus of the University of Richmond is located more than 1,300 miles from Houston, Texas, the university is feeling a special bond to the Houston community as the area responds to the devastation that has come in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. 

The hurricane forced the postponement of the season opening Richmond football game against Sam Houston State, originally scheduled for Aug. 27. The game will now occur on the campus of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, on Friday, Sept. 1.  

The University of Richmond announced today that it is making a $25,000 donation to the Texas Association of College Admission Counseling. All funds that TACAC receives from now through Sept. 30 for its Anne Naman Fund are being donated to colleges and high schools affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“As educators, we are focused on the start of another academic year,  and our hearts are heavy for all the colleges and high schools in the Houston area that are beginning this school year in the wake of this tragic storm,” said University of Richmond President Ronald A. Crutcher. "The additional connection we feel to the area by virtue of our football game with Sam Houston State compels us to take this opportunity to join, in a small way, the recovery efforts for the families in the area affected by Hurricane Harvey.” 

“The damage to the greater Houston area and the Gulf Coast is indescribable, including families with college-aged students living here,” said Tony Sarda, a delegate to the National Association of College Admission Counselors. “The gracious funds donated by the University of Richmond will be designated to secondary schools impacted by Hurricane Harvey. TACAC will be working with school districts to help identify their greatest needs to support students and college counseling professionals for the start of the school year. Families and school administrations in the affected areas are grateful to the University of Richmond for these resources that will contribute to the recovery from this devastation.”

President Crutcher also expressed his concerns for Richmond students and alumni who live in the Houston area and his appreciation to Baylor University for accommodating Friday’s football game.


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