For football fans, the long-awaited season is finally here. However, after the devastation of Hurricane Ida, things were quickly put into perspective.
“When we saw the actual damage that came from Ida, again, in conjunction with our peers from Tulane, we were going to have to move the game,” University of Oklahoma senior associate athletics director Kenny Mossman said.
As the teams take the field Saturday, there is the reality of what the Green Wave will go home to after the game.
“When we saw the damage that had occurred, we wanted to do something to help, and then a number of our fans reached out to us also saying what can we do,” Mossman said.
At Tulane’s recommendation, OU is pushing support to the Greater New Orleans Foundation which is a charity in the city working directly with the victims of the hurricane.
OU officials are making this as easy as possible for Sooner fans at the game to give.
“On Saturday, we’ve got the QR codes on our seats, and it will be easy for any fan to come in, scan the QR code on their phone. It will take them right to a donation link,” Mossman said.
Mossman anticipates Sooner fans will overwhelm the residents of New Orleans with support.
“I think our fans will respond in kind. I think we’ll see an outpouring of not only hospitality, but I think generosity as well, as they give to the relief efforts,” Mossman said.
Though the game will be played in Norman, it will be considered a home game for Tulane. The game is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start.
Fans can also go directly to the Greater New Orleans Foundation website by clicking here.