Football Team Will Donate $10,000 to American Red Cross

Players from both teams will wear helmet decals in a show of support for disaster relief efforts  


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The terrible disaster, destruction and heartache that is enveloping Houston and surrounding regions of Texas is on the minds of the members of the Ohio State football team. And so are the relief efforts.


Today, coach Urban Meyer announced that his program, driven by the wishes of the players and including support from them and members of the coaching staff, will donate $10,000 to the American Red Cross for its Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts. The players will each make a contribution and Meyer and the assistant coaches will contribute additional funds to reach the $10,000 goal.


Meyer opened his weekly press conference Monday by addressing the issues ongoing in Texas, and then he mentioned on his radio show Tuesday that the football program would contribute funds toward the relief efforts. His 2017 team includes seven players from the state of Texas, including several who have family near Houston and who are sheltered and fortunately safe.


Buckeyes from the state of Texas include:


  • Graduated quarterback J.T. Barrett, from Wichita Falls;
  • Freshman linebacker Baron Browning, from Fort Worth;
  • Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins, from La Grange;
  • Freshman wide receiver Ellijah Gardiner, from Kemp;
  • Junior offensive guard Demetrius Knox, from Fort Worth;
  • Freshman cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, from Grand Prairie; and
  • Sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield, from Missouri City.


In a further show of support, both Ohio State and the Indiana football teams will wear custom “Houston Strong” helmet stickers during their season-opening game Thursday night at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.