Harvey, You've Got A Problem
In late August and early September the unconscionable Hurricane Harvey nearly washed away a good portion of greater Houston, including Kingwood High School. The damage was so devastating that the school is closed for the academic year. Books, musical instruments, hallways, classrooms, the gym floor and athletic equipment were all damaged beyond repair. The Mustangs need help and they are receiving it from their cousins more than 1800 miles away.
The Medford High School Mustangs decided they were all in. "Harvey, you have a problem! The Mustangs" was the chant throughout Medford High School here is Massachusetts.The Mustangs put their heads and hearts together and decided they would help. They put out the word and organized a drive. They collected athletic gear from every sport - balls, bats, gloves, pads, helmets and more - all to help their brother and sister Mustangs in Kingwood Texas.
"Once we heard about the damage we just wanted to give back, we've been so fortunate to have great equipment and great weather." Senior baseball player Ryan Donahue told me.
" We are a very loving community, a loving school, once we knew what we had to do I knew our community would be on board with making a video and donating time and equipment," said Haley DiPietrantonio of the volleyball team. A compelling video was made by the Mustangs Digital Media Director Jack Dempsey assisted by a number of his students. Check it out https://youtu.be/41axa1Kc_Wg
The athletic gear kept piling up with donations from the entire Medford Community. 13 pallets of equipment, 28 boxes of clothing all loaded into an 18 wheeler set set up by a Mustang alum, the president of the Teamsters local 25
I spoke with Medford baseball coach Mike Nestor who told me "Medford has a bond of following through and helping people out, we call it the blue and white in our veins, what it takes to be a Mustang. Obviously everyone likes to win but around here we teach our students to pick each other up, so lets try and help them down there."
Brenna Forbes another senior told me " When you hear about a tragedy you want to help others I made the time and all the athletes made the time to gather the donations and send them along."
The drive is roughly 30 hours but the bond between these two groups of Mustangs will be boundless.
Harvey disrupted a way of life but he was no match for Mustang Pride. The students down at Kingwood HS in Houston have to go to another high school from 12:30 -6:30PM. They play their games at other high schools in the Houston area. They don't have home field or home court advantage but their fellow Mustangs from Medford have their backs. When the video was posted it brought some faculty members in Houston to tears
There is a very popular expression that rings true, "Tough times don't last but tough people do." The good folks in Texas are having a tough time but they are resilient. They will rebuild and gallop back especially with the boost they are getting from their fellow Mustangs in Medford. Mustang Pride trumps Harvey every time!