In the wake of the recent tornado in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, the Big 12 Conference Board of Directors has announced a donation of $200,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The contribution will be from the proceeds of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship being held in Oklahoma City, May 23-26.
"The Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship is a longstanding fixture in Oklahoma City. Additionally, the State of Oklahoma and its wonderful people are integral parts of our league," said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. "Our hearts go out to those affected by this terrible tragedy and this donation is one small way to provide relief to a city that has supported our membership so well over many years."
In addition, The Red Cross will also have donation canisters positioned throughout Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark for the duration of the Championship. Fans attending the championship are encouraged to make monetary donations using the collection cans that will be set up at concourse concession stands.
Fox College Sports and FSN, which are carrying complete coverage of the tournament, will provide information and instructions for the Championship’s television audience on how to donate and contribute to the relief efforts.
A moment of silence will be observed before the Championship’s opening game on Thursday, May 23, at 9:00 a.m. with Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
League teams, which have already participated in several community and volunteer efforts, will also display a helmet decal throughout the event to honor the victims. MTM Recognition in Oklahoma City donated the stickers.