GRAND ISLAND – A local school is using football to help those who experienced loss in the wake of the Houston hurricane tragedy.
Heartland Lutheran is dubbing its upcoming game against Riverside “The Houston Bowl,” with the idea stemming from Head Coach Preston Gehle and Athletic Director/Principal Timothy Leech’s desire to help a fellow Lutheran school that was completely destroyed in the storms.
“We as a faculty and staff have several friends who teach down at Lutheran South Academy down in Huston and their school was pretty much completely washed out,” “They had flood waters up to their roof, and they lost all of their athletic equipment. Their football field was washed away, their gym floor was ruined of course. So we got together and talked little bit and we came up with the idea of the Lutheran South Academy Huston Bowl for this football game.”
The fundraising festivities will include a tailgate meal and raffle. Leech also said the entire gate collected for the game will also go to Lutheran South Academy.
“It just comes down to loving kids and taking care of them. Making sure they have what they need, not only in the classroom, but for the education that extends beyond the classroom,” Leech added. “This is just a way to help out and make sure the blessings that we have here at Heartland Lutheran, and up at Riverside, they also have down in Huston after such a tragic time, and being able to give them something back that nature took away.”
Heartland Lutheran is also accepting private donations that will be sent to Huston which can be given by contacting the school office.
Kickoff for the “Houston Bowl” is set for Thursday, September 14th at 7 PM. News Channel Nebraska will be broadcasting the game live on channel 30.1 as well as streaming it online at NCNSportsNow.com. Live coverage begins at 6:45 PM.