Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Storm to raise support for storm victims

By Ted Allen
Lynchburg News & Advance
Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Area football fans can gear up for the start of the NFL season and help victims of Hurricane Katrina by attending Saturday's semi-pro football game between the Central Virginia Storm and the Cumberland (Md.) Cougars at City Stadium.

The Storm, which could clinch a Southern Conference playoff berth in the Mason-Dixon Football League with a victory, hopes in the process to provide support for the region that was devastated by the Category 5 storm that swept through the Gulf Coast last week.

All proceeds from the 7 p.m. contest will be donated to the local chapter of the American Red Cross, which will have a table set up during the game to receive additional donations of money, canned food and clothing.

"It's our small way of trying to help out," Central Virginia Storm offensive lineman and part owner Rep Lampman said. "We want to get as big a crowd as we can out there to help out in hurricane relief and cheer on Lynchburg's football team. It's a win-win situation for everybody. It's an opportunity for us to do something beyond football. If we have a stage to do it on, we might as well take advantage of it.

"We have faith in our fans," he added. "We want to help Lynchburg support those poor people in Louisiana and Mississippi that have been displaced."

Tickets for the Storm's games are usually $5, but spectators for this game can get in for just $1, which Lampman hopes will help generate more fans.

"It's about putting people in the seats," he said.

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