Turning Rivalry Into Relief: A Kansas-Mizzou Game Raised $1.8 Million For Hurricane Victims
A game that's traditionally been known as the Border Showdown doesn't sound like it could bring tears to your eye—but keep reading!
Basketball teams from the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri turned a long-term rivalry into an incredible fundraising efforts to help Americans in need. The "border" in the Border Showdown game nickname is the state line between Kansas and Missouri. The two top-tier basketball teams clashed time and time again, but had not met for a game since 2012, when Missouri left Kansas' conference for a new one. Knowing that their fans' passion would bring a ton of attention and energy to a re-match, the teams decided that they would play an exhibition game with the goal of raising money for people affected by recent hurricanes in Houston, South Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
Their efforts were successful, to say the least! Between ticket sales for the sold-out game and donations made during it, "The Showdown for Relief" brought in at least $1.8 million, which is sure to provide life-saving relief in the areas most impacted by storm damage. All money raised will be spilt equally among five hurricane relief effort funds: Houston Harvey Relief Fund, Florida Disaster Fund, Rebuild Texas Fund, Juntos y Unidos Por Puerto Rico and Fund for the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The 18,000 people who had paid $40 to watch the exhibition matchup witnessed Kansas defeat Missouri, 93-87, but they surely had a bigger and more meaningful result on their minds: the difference that they would make in their fellow Americans' lives.