The Ohio State football team will donate $10,000 to the American Red Cross, the funds aimed at disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey victims, a team spokesman announced Wednesday.

OSU has seven players from Texas, two of them — junior college transfer defensive back Kendall Sheffield and freshman running back J.K. Dobbins — from the southeast area of the state greatly impacted by Harvey.

Coach Urban Meyer said earlier in the week that the team wanted to get involved in some way. The $10,000 came from donations from players and coaches.

The Buckeyes also will wear “Houston Strong” decals on their helmets in the season opener at Indiana on Thursday night, the spokesman said, as will the Hoosiers.

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Sheffield is from Missouri City, Texas, one of the harder hit areas of the region in terms of the floodwaters produced by Harvey’s record-setting rains. Meyer said previously that Sheffield’s family members were confined to their home by the flood.

Dobbins is from La Grange, Texas, about 100 miles west of Houston. Though the Colorado River, which runs through that small town, was well above flood stage, Dobbins told the team spokesman his family was safe.


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