Bates teams to aid relief efforts in Haiti

LEWISTON, Maine -- To aid relief efforts in Haiti, the Bates College Department of Athletics has undertaken an initiative to raise money among its staff members and student-athletes and beyond.

"Since financial contributions appear to be the best way to help at this point, it seemed prudent to join an effort that has started gaining momentum amongst college athletic programs," said Director of Athletics Kevin McHugh. "It is a 'pay it forward' idea in which each student-athlete and athletics staff member is asked to contribute a minimum of $1.00 toward the relief effort and then also to secure three more people who will donate by going to or sending a text message and who will each ask another three people to donate, etc."

McHugh is requesting that each team's captains, as well as the teams' representatives in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, collect funds as soon as possible from teammates and get the money to their head coaches by the end of this week. "If all of our athletes and coaches make a donation of at least $1.00, we will have a foundation of $500 which will be the basis for an additional appeal this weekend to the fans at all of our home athletic contests," said McHugh. "Hopefully, that will double the initial $500 so that we can make a sizable contribution to the aid effort."

Helping via text message:

   * SMS text "YELE" to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake

     Relief efforts

   * SMS text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts