The Texas Longhorns women’s basketball team has announced that the ticket sales from their preseason exhibition game against DePaul Blue Demons on Sunday, October 30, will be donated for the construction of a new elementary school in Uvalde.
The game will be held at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas, on October 30. The construction of the new elementary school is being planned following the permanent closure of Robb Elementary, which will also be demolished, following a mass shooting that killed 21 victims, including two teachers and injured many others on May 24, 2022.
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Salvador Rolando Ramos, the gunman behind the Uvalde shooting, was shot dead by police later that day.
“Sometimes you feel helpless, wanting to help somebody,” coach Vic Schaefer told the Associated Press. “I felt like this might be an opportunity for us as a university, as an athletic department and my program to really reach out,” he added.
According to the school website, the ticket prices for Sunday’s preseason exhibition game against DePaul will cost $6 for general admission and $10 for reserved seats. The game will also be shown live on Longhorn Network.
The Texas Longhorns coach has committed to donating $1,000 for every 1,000 fans who will turn up to watch the game. Schaefer is hoping for a turnout of at least 10,000 fans and the money will be donated to the Uvalde CISD Moving Forward Foundation.
“I’m really begging and pleading for our community to come out, to do as much as we can to be a part of helping them rebuild and heal,” he quipped.
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Sonia Morris, a graduation student, who transferred to Texas from DePaul in 2022, told Associated Press that she is hoping that Sunday’s game will help the team create an impact in the local community.
“It is for a good cause and it’s always special to be able to help out like this, especially with the tragic event that happened,” she said. “We want to have a lot of fans come out and help us make an impact and spread awareness,” Morris added.