UNC FB Aids Katrina Victims

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – It's not all about beating Wisconsin with the North Carolina football program this week. The Tar Heels' players and coaches also managed to raise over $10,000 to aid in the relief effort for Hurricane Katrina victims.

"Last week the players donated their per diem and it came up to about $3,500, which Coach [John] Bunting is matching," said UNC spokesperson Kevin Best. "The staff raised approximately $3,300."

In addition, UNC equipment manager Dominic Morelli sent 40 boxes of T-shirts and other apparel to be distributed in the New Orleans area.

"Other guys went to the bank," Bunting added. "I'm really pleased with what our kids did with getting together right away – and Jesse Holley being the leader – to raise money. I thought we might get around $2,000, and they come up with $3,500. I think that is just terrific. It just shows you what kind of kids we have in our program."

Also, UNC student athletes and Red Cross volunteers will be accepting donations during the first quarter of Saturday's game between UNC and Wisconsin at Kenan Stadium on Saturday night.

"This weekend at the game, I'm hopeful our fans will participate in a very big way," Bunting said. "As this whole thing has unfolded, depending on what side of the political fence your on, you can say this that or the other. It doesn't matter to me. What matters is it's an ongoing thing that's not going to end for years, and we've got to do everything we can to help our own."

Kickoff is 7 p.m.

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