By Matt Sugam
PISCATAWAY – Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti announced today the athletic department’s plans to help in the relief effort for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
At Saturday’s game against Army, the Red Cross will be all around High Point Solutions Stadium collecting donations.
“It’s really for our fans that come out on Saturday to participate in this,” Pernetti said. “If you could pull a dollar out of your pocket – if everybody that attends the game can donate something to this effort it’s going to help a lot of people.”
The athletic department has also designed a t-shirt. It is the outline of the Garden state with the word “stRong” written down the state. The shirt costs 15$ and all proceeds go to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. Fans can purchase the shirt at Saturday’s football game, Friday at the RAC during the men’s basketball game against St. Peter’s and Scarlet Fever in downtown New Brunswick later this week.
“Quite frankly I don’t think there’s a better way to describe the people of New Jersey,” Pernetti said of the t-shirt, adding, “The people of New Jersey are tough people. The spirit of this state — I’ve never left this state — the spirit of this state is unlike any other state you’ll see in this country.”
Tomorrow, the student athlete advisory committee will join Pernetti and a few staffers as they take vans full of supplies down to the Jersey shore.
The Rutgers and Livingston Alumni Associations will be co-hosting a coat drive at the Army game. Fans can drop off knew or gently used coats outside of the North, West and East Gates at High Point Solutions Stadium.
“I heard from kids on every team and coaches from everywhere of people trying to help,” Pernetti said, adding, “This was not a me thing. It was an our thing.”