NORMAN — Kass Everett arrived in Oklahoma less than a year and a half ago, but the people have already made a tremendous impact on him.
Everett, an OU senior defensive back, was back home in Philadelphia through the devastating tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma earlier this week.
“Everyone was asking if I was still in Oklahoma,” Everett said. “It was kinda wearing on me. I know a lot of friends that I’ve met in Oklahoma. It’s a big deal. I just want people to know that people not just in Oklahoma care. I care, and a lot of the people in Philadelphia care.”
Everett contacted the Community Service Corps at his high school — Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic High — about organizing a relief effort for people in Oklahoma affected by the storms. He started spreading the word for “Kass Everett Oklahoma Relief” on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
Wednesday, though, OU compliance officials notified Everett that he couldn’t organize a charitable event with his name attached to it, because that would be a violation of NCAA rules.
“I didn’t know,” Everett said. “I didn’t know that my name couldn’t be attached to it. That’s fine. It’s bigger than me. I’ve got a lot of people involved, and there are a lot of people who can take it way further than I can.”
Everett said the event will begin Tuesday at Roman Catholic High School, and they’ll hope to collect monetary donations, as well as clothing, toiletries and food.
“My high school has been in contact with the Red Cross,” Everett said. “We’re still not sure if they’re gonna be able to ship it out to Oklahoma. That is in the works right now. We’re definitely taking monetary donations, for sure.”
Everett joined Oklahoma via Pierce Community College in Woodland Hills, Calif., and appeared in 11 games last season for the Sooners, recording six tackles and forcing one fumble.
“A lot of people here in Philadelphia care,” Everett said. “It’s not just a local, Oklahoma problem. It’s everyone’s problem, and we want to make ourselves part of the situation and give a helping hand.”