On Monday a massive tornado ripped through parts of Oklahoma, killing dozens and laying waste to whole neighborhoods in Moore, Okla. The deadly tornado grabbed the attention of thousands across the nation who sent love and support through tweets to those affected by the horrendous natural disaster.
Athletes from a variety of divisions, especially players and coaches with direct ties to the area, expressed their condolences and offered up prayers for the victims.
New York Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner attended school in Oklahoma as a kid and tweeted:
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s small forward and three-time scoring champion, Kevin Durant tweeted:
In addition to his tweet of prayer, The Kevin Durant Family Foundation pledged $1 million for Red Cross Relief Efforts, the Red Cross confirmed on Tuesday. ”The Red Cross relies on its donors to perform its mission in relieving human suffering following disasters,” said Janienne Bella, regional CEO in a statement. “Mr. Durant’s gift and support to Oklahoma comes at a time of great need and we’re forever thankful for his generosity.”
Kevin Durant is not the only player to want to help those in need. Dodgers Outfielder Matt Kemp, who is from Midwest City, Okla., is also giving back.
Kemp sent that tweet following Monday evening’s game against Milwaukee where he hit the first, of hopefully many, home-runs. “I know where the schools are. My mom lived in a house in Moore and we gave it to my aunt and uncle,” Kemp said to MLB.com on Monday. “They weren’t home today, but they said two blocks away there is nothing left. I’ve never been through an earthquake, but I’ve seen what a tornado can do and you just cant believe it.”
The Dallas Cowboys also tweeted encouragement for fans to donate to the Red Cross to help those in need.
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