Members of the Southeastern football team helped Durant residents clear debris from their homes Wednesday just hours after severe weather ripped through town.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected,” said SE Athletics Director Keith Baxter. “I am proud our department was able to mobilize a group of student-athletes and staff so quickly and help out neighbors in need.”
“We were able to call and text some of our student-athletes who are in town this summer working out for the upcoming season,” said offensive coordinator Scott Courter who participated in the clean-up effort. “Because we had such a great response, were able to help one of our colleagues a lot faster than we expected. When one of the student-athletes suggested we start roving the area to see if anyone else needed help, that’s just what we did.”
The players on hand – Lionel Gillespie, Welton Johnson, Cole Jones, Daniel Nichols, Rodney Payne, Darrin Reeves and Romelle Terry – were amazed by the damage to homes and vehicles and found a warm welcome as they offered to help clear debris.