Sept. 8, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's men's basketball coach Phil Martelli and Temple men's basketball coach John Chaney have agreed to organize the Atlantic 10 Conference's efforts to encourage support for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The announcement was made by commissioner Linda Bruno.
"Phil and I talked about many things at lunch yesterday, including ways we can help the victims of the hurricane," said Chaney. "We can only imagine what these people are going through and our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered loss and those who are helping in the relief effort. I had spoken earlier with Commissioner Bruno about our desire to help and we feel this is the best way to go about it."
Said Martelli: "We encourage all of our coaches, administrators, students, faculty, alumni, and fans to generously contribute what they can to help those most in need. Because people have their favorite charities, we are not endorsing one charity over another. There are many reputable organizations accepting contributions. John and I have made our contributions and we realize that some A-10 institutions have already begun efforts to raise money for the relief effort. This is a difficult time for the people of the Gulf region and I am sure that with the assistance of all Americans, we can help these people rebuild their lives."
The Atlantic 10 will track the contributions of its coaches, administrators, and student-athletes and announce the total at its basketball media day on Nov. 3.
"I appreciate Phil and John agreeing to get together and taking the lead on this extremely important project," said Bruno. "One of the many great things about athletics is the passion fans have toward their favorite teams. We hope that our fans and alumni show that same passion in contributing to the charity of their choice to help those who have suffered from Hurricane Katrina."
A list of organizations accepting donations for relief can be found at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9179805/