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College Football Fans Enlisted in Hugo Relief Effort With PM-Hugo, Bjt

September 27, 1989

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ Up to 500,000 college football fans will be able to donate food at Saturday’s games in three Southern states for victims of Hurricane Hugo.

Six colleges have agreed to collect canned goods at their stadiums on Saturday, according to Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C. Four other schools are considering joining the effort.

″We all know and understand the extent of this natural disaster and the very urgent need to help the hundreds of thousands of victims,″ Thurmond said. ″It is my hope that we can combine two of the South’s finest traditions - college football and a desire to help our fellow man.″

All five Athletic Coast Conference schools with home games Saturday have agreed to collect canned goods. Those games are: Clemson at Duke, Navy at North Carolina, Kent State at North Carolina State, Rice at Wake Forest and William and Mary at Virginia.

″Since the hurricane affected so many people in the natural geographic region of the Atlantic Coast Conference, our member institutions felt compelled to become a part of the relief effort,″ ACC Commissioner Gene Corrigan said in a statement.

Fans at The Citadel-South Carolina State game, which will be played at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, also will be able to donate canned goods, Thurmond said. The game originally was scheduled to be played in Charleston, but The Citadel’s stadium was severely damaged, forcing the game to be moved from the hurricane-ravaged city.

One Southeastern Conference university - Tennessee - also has agreed to take part in the program. The Volunteers play host to Auburn on Saturday. Thurmond is awaiting word from three other Southeastern Conference schools - Vanderbilt, Georgia and Louisiana State - on whether they’ll take part.

Hugo struck South Carolina on Thursday and racked up at least $3 billion in damage in the state.

The canned goods will be collected by volunteers at stadium gates at each of the games and then will be trucked to areas needing assistance, according to Thurmond’s office. The trucks and drivers are being donated by several trucking companies in the Southeast.

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