The winner will be announced on May 28 at the athlete-only banquet before the start of the Women's College World Series.
ALABAMA COACH ASKS TWITTER FOLLOWERS TO DONATE TO OKLAHOMA
Alabama coach Patrick Murphy sat listening to the news about the tornado that struck Moore and flashbacked two years.
On April 27, 2011, an EF-4 tornado struck Tuscaloosa, Ala. It was the third time in a decade the town was hit.
Murphy's computer sat on his lap, and he decided to take the news and make something of it. Just before 9 p.m. on Monday, Murphy tweeted: “If all 19,734 followers donate $10 to the @redcrossokc, we could raise close to $200,000 for the people of Oklahoma. Let's do it!”
What he saw in response was an outpour of support from New Hampshire to Illinois, from Tennessee to Oregon. He's not sure how many of his followers donated, but there were more than 100 followers who tweeted at Murphy to tell him they donated, including former Arizona softball star Jennie Finch and ESPN broadcaster Holly Rowe.
“It takes three seconds to text, and it's such a small price to help,” Murphy told The Oklahoman. “It's the price of a lunch. I remember two years ago that the goods and stuff was great, but the money helped the victims the most.”
Alabama beat Oklahoma in the final game of last year's Women's College World Series, and he knows that might brings hard feelings, but the Crimson Tide coach said he wanted his supporters to give back to the people of Oklahoma who “always treated us so well when we come to the College World Series.”
“I felt they adopted us as a team some years when Oklahoma wasn't in it,” he said. “Maybe not, but there were some pro ‘Bama among the Boomer Sooner fans. They've treated us well every year. It's like seeing family again when we come.”
NEW MEXICO SOFTBALL GATHERS DONATIONS
New Mexico's softball team asked for donations from its fans and received cases of water, boxes of diapers and bags of clothes.
They also received games, pet food and blankets, according to a local New Mexico TV station.
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