CHAPEL HILL – UnitedHealthcare has proudly joined the Hurricane Florence relief efforts with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and will provide funds in conjunction with the NCHSAA to match the amount member schools raised between October 1-19, 2018 in designated Hurricane Florence Relief Games.
Member schools were asked to participate by collecting money at any home contest during that window of time, and then forward those monies to the Association, which acted as a clearinghouse. All monies will then be divided and sent to Local Education Agencies in the counties that have been designated as disaster areas and were federally approved for individual assistance.
The NCHSAA Board of Directors approved matching funds up to $25,000 to add to the money collected by member schools during the Hurricane Florence Relief Games. Funds distributed to affected LEA’s would be available to help member schools as determined by local school administrators.
In addition to the funds for the October 1-19, 2018 Hurricane Relief Efforts, UnitedHealthcare will partner with the NCHSAA for a Hurricane Florence Relief Donation Drive at the 2018 Football State Championships, December 14-15. While the storm will be long gone in December, NCHSAA member schools will still be in need, especially during the holiday season. Please look for more details about the UnitedHealthcare and NCHSAA Donation Drive closer to the 2018 Football State Championships.
“Many of NCHSAA member schools in Eastern North Carolina received a devastating blow from Hurricane Florence and we want to do our part to help during this time of need,” said NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker. “After Hurricane Floyd and most recently Hurricane Matthew, we called upon member schools to help those in the hardest hit areas. Once again, we are asking each member school and its community to join together in helping those most impacted by this disaster.
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, NCHSAA member schools--helped by a matching contribution authorized by the Association Board members--were able to donate over $44,000 to LEA’s in the most affected areas. In the case of Hurricane Floyd, the NCHSAA collected donations at statewide regional meetings and also provided a matching donation.
“Much is accomplished when we all work together,” Commissioner Que Tucker said. We are especially pleased to partner and work with UHC in this effort to provide some relief and assistance from the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence. We thank them for recognizing that our member schools are a focal point in their communities and that by helping them, we create a ripple effect of assistance!’