The Moore American


June 19, 2013

Sooner Equipped on its way

Fla. coach stepping up for tornado victims



McCrae came up with the idea of Sooner Equipped. It’s a simple plan to fill a 53-foot semi-trailer with athletic gear and drive it across the country to Moore.

“We want to make sure that those kids have Friday nights in Oklahoma,” McCrae said. “It’s a time they can get away from everything else. Football is great first aid. I just made a few phone calls, talking to coaches to see what we could do and before you know, it took off like lighting.”

Since McCrae is still laid up in his hospital bed, he has had to leave it to others to do the grunt work. But it’s been his calls to coaches, the media and other sources that have helped get the word out about Sooner Equipped. He even got Bob Vetzel of Hills Van Service to donate the trailer being used and to pay for it to be driven to Oklahoma.

Now, McCrae and his people just have to fill it. But he doesn’t want to give the people of Moore equipment they will never use or don’t need. That’s why he’s calling on all coaches from the Moore schools who lost anything in the tornado to send him a list of what they need. From the high schools on down to the youth leagues, he wants to be Santa Claus.

Along with the coaches McCrae has already called and e-mailed in Florida seeking donations for Sooner Equipped, he is getting help from other places. According to McCrae, he got a call from Max Preps, who offered to send the lists of needs to the more than 100,000 coaches in their database. They expect to fill the semi trailer with enough sports equipment that if another tornado strikes the area again, they will not have to worry about trying to replace what was lost because the reservoir will still be full.

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