JOPLIN, Mo. – The University of Arkansas football team assisted in tornado clean-up efforts in Joplin, Mo., Wednesday. The Razorback group traveled to McAuley Catholic High School to assist in the sorting and handling of relief supplies that have been shipped to the Southwest Missouri town since last month’s devastating EF-5 tornado.
The Arkansas football players were ready to aid in any endeavor they could upon stepping off of their buses, according to junior quarterback Tyler Wilson.
"Just doing a little bit can go a long way," Wilson said. "We’re doing the best we can. I think it’s important in the situation they’re in. It’s important for everyone in the community, not just us. Anybody in our community can lend a helping hand."
The UA relief group consisted of more than 60 Razorbacks and members of the coaching staff. The high school and adjacent buildings have been tasked as a temporary store and help center for area residents.
Senior defensive end Jake Bequette echoed Wilson’s statements, making note of the important opportunity to help.
"It’s a terrible tragedy what happened to this community," Bequette said. "For us, it’s a chance to make a difference, as small or as large as it can be. This was an opportunity for us to make an impact."
After the group pitched in at the high school, the Razorbacks wrapped up their afternoon by surveying the damage. Relief efforts continue in the area.