The Bradley University men’s basketball team is helping those hit by hurricanes.
BU will battle Lewis University at 8 p.m. Thursday in an exhibition. Proceeds will benefit areas hit by Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria.
“Once the NCAA said we could, we wanted to jump on that opportunity to raise whatever money we can to help out some families,” said Bradley men’s basketball Head Coach Brian Wardle.
The money will go to the Salvation Army, which is helping areas damaged by hurricanes. A $5 donation is suggested for general admission.
The game will be played at Renaissance Coliseum.
Wardle said the support has added significance considering some of the Bradley players, along with volleyball player and Puerto Rico native Yavianliz Rosado, are from hurricane-impacted areas.
“It’s a way to help out our Bradley family, too, and that’s important to us,” Wardle said.
Following multiple hurricanes, the NCAA is allowing schools to apply for a waiver for a special additional exhibition contest that benefits relief efforts.
Wardle said the Braves sent support to the University of Houston’s basketball team earlier this year after the college was hit by Hurricane Harvey.