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High schools: Southmoore football team tries to return to some normalcy

Even with spring practice going on, though, the tornado relief effort does not stop. Fundraisers are held to help families who lost their homes.
by Ryan Aber Published: June 9, 2013

Other coaches and teams from around the city and state have sent money to the cause, including significant checks from Edmond North and Putnam City North.

Brickman's church, Oakcrest Church of Christ, helped with the cause.

Fundraising from other schools hasn't been limited to football teams, or for the football teams.

Norman North boys golf coach Dennis Etter and his players organized a fundraiser that would raise $3,458 to buy new clubs for a pair of Southmoore golfers who had lost their homes.

Edmond North softball also raised money for families affected, as did plenty of other programs.

Several also came ready to work.

Olathe (Kan.) Northwest brought supplies, money and 300 T-shirts with both schools' logos on them last week.

Fort Gibson did something similar, collecting items and raising money at the school's spring football game, then bringing the supplies to Brickman's team.

The Tigers even did something else that was just as valuable — spent time clearing debris from Southmoore's practice field that was littered with shattered glass and other debris.

“It's really encouraging,” Brickman said. “Football's such a competitive sport that sometimes there's bitter blood around. We're all at different schools, but when something like this happens, you really see the humanity and how much people are good at heart.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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