Brenau basketball head coach Kris Stewart presents a check to William Carey head coach Tracy English during a Brenau Golden Tigers Basketball game against William Carey University. A tornado damaged the William Carey campus in January and Brenau raised money in support. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Brenau basketball head coach Kris Stewart presents a check to William Carey head coach Tracy English during a Brenau Golden Tigers Basketball game against William Carey University. A tornado damaged the William Carey campus in January and Brenau raised money in support. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau Raises Money to Help Opponent William Carey After Tornado Hits Campus

Feb. 21, 2017
Kristen Oliver

The Brenau University Golden Tigers basketball team, in a gesture of sportsmanship, presented its opponent William Carey University of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, a check for $611 following a Jan. 21 tornado that caused extensive damage to William Carey’s campus.

The presentation was made Saturday, Feb. 18, on Senior Day for the Golden Tigers, after a 68-64 win for Brenau in Southern States Athletic Conference play in Gainesville. Brenau basketball head coach Kris Stewart presented the check to William Carey head coach Tracy English.

The check was a joint fundraising venture between Brenau athletics and student government. Autumn Dodson, a junior at Brenau, guard on the Golden Tigers basketball team and member of student government, approached Athletic Director Mike Lochstampfor with the idea.

Quinnesha Turner, a senior point guard from Winterville, Ga., transitions with the ball during a Brenau Golden Tigers Basketball game against William Carey University. Brenau won 68-64. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Quinnesha Turner, a senior point guard from Winterville, Ga., transitions with the ball during a Brenau Golden Tigers Basketball game against William Carey University. Brenau won 68-64. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

“I told her athletics would put up $250 of our own fundraised money and she was able to get SGA to match that amount,” Lochstampfor said. “Then additional funds were donated by folks that attended our games versus Middle Georgia last Thursday and the game against William Carey Saturday.”

The tornado, which hit the Mississippi campus in the early morning of Saturday, Jan. 21, caused widespread damage to dormitories, classroom buildings and the campus library. Cars were damaged, trees were downed and some injuries to students were reported.

Both Stewart and Lochstampfor said they hoped the donation would express Brenau’s support during this time and help make a difference in the campus recovery efforts.

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