Kelsey Patterson was talking to her husband, TCU coach Gary Patterson, about how to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. She then sent an e-mail to a few other wives of football coaches she knew, and they reached out to a few more.
Now Kelsey Patterson is among 20 wives of Division I coaches _ and the group is growing _ taking part in Giving Beyond the Game (www.givingbeyondthegame.org) in an effort to raise funds to help people recover from hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
— Give Beyond The Game (@GivingBeyond) September 29, 2017
There are coaches' wives from each of the Power Five Conferences, as well as other schools throughout the country.
Giving Beyond the Game plans contributions to the Houston Food Bank, Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Response Team, Feeding South Florida and relief efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
— K.Patterson (@kels_patterson) September 29, 2017
The fund-raising effort will continue through the season, until Dec. 9, and will include an auction in November of some team helmets signed by the respective coaches.
Rice's football team worked out at the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas, going there instead of home after playing its season opener in Australia the same weekend Hurricane Harvey was impacting the Texas Coast.
While the Owls were in Fort Worth for several days, Patterson put together tolietry bags for players and staff.
After Hurricane Maria went through Florida, the Giving Beyond The Game was getting set up when Hurricane Maria devestated Puerto Rico.
Spartan fans, donate to a great cause as "Giving Beyond the Game" launches today - https://t.co/QJTZHpcNcs
— Spartan Football (@MSU_Football) September 29, 2017