The last week has been extremely difficult for much of the state of Texas. From several sporting events being relocated or completely cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey hitting several areas, including Houston and Beaumont.
Approximately 30 families were affected were staying at a Doubletree in Lafayette prior to Saturday’s game between the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns and the Southeastern Louisiana Lions. Some of the families inquired about going to the game inside the hotel lobby. So head coach Mark Hudspeth did what anyone would do and help give them a chance to not think about what’s been going on with their lives over the last seven days.
Hudspeth gave approximately 20 to 30 of his personal tickets to these families. “That’s the least we could do for people that’s displaced.” Hudspeth said after the 51-48 victory, “Just proud that we could add maybe two hours so that they can forget about the tremendous struggles they’re going through.”
This wasn’t the only thing that the Cajuns program did over the last week as they helped out McNeese State and let them practice inside the Cajuns indoor facility prior to their game on Thursday against Nicholls State. They even attempted to help out Lamar over the last week.
“We are all in this together and we’ve had so many issues here with hurricanes and storms and people always step up to help us.” Hudspeth said of helping out universities that were hit hard in the last week by Harvey, “That’s the least we could do and our team really wanted to do some things like that.”