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Heroes of the Storm
You mentioned a number of athletes and sports organizations that are donating to the Katrina relief effort and also reported that Kyle Busch became the youngest driver to win a race in NASCAR's elite series (SCORECARD, Sept. 12), but you failed to note that the 20-year-old Busch and team owner Rick Hendrick donated all of the race winnings ($241,065) to the Red Cross's hurricane relief fund. Not a bad gesture for a first-time winner.
I already knew that Warrick Dunn was a class act, but his Call to Action (SCORECARD, Sept. 12) affirmed for me that there are some athletes who do know how to use their positions to make a difference. Reading it brought me to tears.
Nothing I have ever read in SI has come close to your profoundly human work on the impact of Hurricane Katrina on sports, especially football in the affected region. The writing was informed, full of fascinating details--e.g., Fats Domino sleeping on LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell's couch--and compassionate. For telling the story of the victims and the angels of rescue so insightfully, thank you.
As someone who grew up in Baton Rouge and attended LSU, I want to thank Rick Reilly for his column on the response of the LSU community in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (LIFE OF REILLY, Sept. 12). When our team won the college football national championship in 2003, I thought I would never be more proud to be a Tiger. I stand corrected.
Impact on Sports (Sept. 12) contains a photo misidentified as the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. The photo used in the article is actually of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Biloxi, known locally as the Fisherman's Church. The Coast Coliseum is a much larger facility with a capacity of approximately 12,000 and is located about seven miles west of the church.
Your report that the Texas Rangers are giving tickets to Hurricane Katrina victims (SCORECARD, Sept. 12) reminded me of the famous line uttered by Beano Cook when baseball gave lifetime passes to the hostages who had returned from Iran: Haven't they suffered enough?