Two weeks after an EF-3 tornado ravaged a significant portion of Louisiana Tech’s campus, the LSU basketball program announced a trip to Ruston on Nov. 2 for a charity event meant to quell some of the pain caused by the natural disaster.
Dubbed “Hoops 4 Disaster Relief,” the Tigers and Bulldogs will play in an exhibition basketball game meant to raise money for relief much-needed after the tornado that caused extensive damage to Louisiana Tech’s baseball, softball, soccer and tennis facilities.
“This is what we do in Louisiana,” said LSU Coach Will Wade in the news release announcing the exhibition. “When someone needs help, we all pitch in. We have seen the horrific damage in Ruston and on the Louisiana Tech campus after the April tornado. LSU Basketball is happy to join with the Tech basketball team in this relief effort exhibition game for tornado victims. We hope fans of both teams will join us at the Thomas Assembly Center.
“For us, it gives our guys the opportunity to travel and go play a good team while we prepare for the season. It’s helpful for everybody and we’re glad to be a part of it.”
The tornado hit Ruston on April 25, causing an estimated $9.1 million in damage to the city, according to a report The News Star.
Tickets will to the event will be available through the Louisiana Tech ticket office. Fans can purchase the tickets that range from $10-15 by visiting LaTechSports.com/tickets or calling the ticket office at (318)257-3631.
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