Sept. 30, 2005
The Florida State women’s basketball program has always been quick to lend a helping hand and with the recent hurricane tragedy in New Orleans, the Seminoles are once again doing what they can to help. The Seminoles are donating apparel to the displaced University of New Orleans women’s basketball program. The Privateers are currently being housed at the University of Texas at Tyler.
“I know there is quite a need from the Hurricane Katrina outfall and Amy Champion, the head coach of the women’s basketball team at New Orleans, if I were in her shoes, I would hope that someone would step up and do whatever they could,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Especially with our connection with New Orleans and (former Seminole) Roneeka Hodges and her family feeling the hit themselves, this is the least we can do to ship whatever we can to that basketball team.”
For the Florida State players, it becomes even more personal.
This is just something we wanted to do,” sophomore Tiffiny Buckelew said. “We feel like they’re our teammates even though they go to a different school because we both play basketball and we go through the same things. We’re just doing what we hope anyone else would do for us.”
Seminole freshman Cayla Moore was a high school teammate of current Privateer freshman, Jada Frazier.
“I know this is really hard for her,” Moore said. “She’s a freshman, playing on the basketball team and not only is she homesick, but she was really, really scared during the hurricane. I think it’s a really good thing that we’re helping them out.”