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Thursday May 5, 2011SEC donates $500,000 to University of Alabama; others can help in storm recovery efforts

The recent tornadoes devastated many communities across the country, Tuscaloosa being one that suffered the devastation this spring.  We compete with the Crimson Tide on the playing field but want to support them in any way we can during this very difficult time.

The above information was delivered to the in-boxes of UAA employees earlier this week, accompanied by a letter from the American Red Cross titled “On the Ground in Tuscaloosa.’’

On Thursday, the SEC pitched in to help recovery efforts by donating $500,000 to the University of Alabama. The Alabama campus is located in Tuscaloosa and is surrounded by neighborhoods that are no longer there due to the April 27 tornadoes that rumbled across the South in the heart of SEC country.

Recovery efforts from Alabama tornadoes

UF President Bernie Machen, also serving as SEC President, voiced his support of the recovery efforts Thursday.

“Our hearts go out to all the victims of these recent tornados but especially to our academic colleagues and their students,” Machen said. “While we compete fiercely in athletics we also support each other fiercely in times of need.  The efforts of the conference and our institutions will help alleviate the effects of this devastating catastrophe.” 

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive is hopeful others around the SEC show their support to the University of Alabama community during a very difficult time.

“The tornados that went through Tuscaloosa have severely impacted the lives of students, faculty and staff of the University of Alabama, and will continue to do so for months to come,” Slive said. “We express our sympathies and prayers to everyone who has been impacted by this storm and we are pleased to be able to assist in the recovery efforts.”

SEC fans are encouraged to donate to the University of Alabama’s “UA Acts of Kindness Fund”, which has been established to support an emergency-assistance program for university faculty, staff and students.  A link to donate to the fund can be accessed on the University’s website, www.ua.edu.

If you would like to donate to the recovery efforts in Alabama, click this link for multiple options.

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