“We’re just trying to show that we’re here,” Furlow said. “We’re here as a helping hand for people, to show that they’re not alone.”
Fortunately, the tornadoes missed Furlow’s home.
The Miami football team has a history of volunteering for those in need. In 2005, the team traveled to Mississippi to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.
“When we recruit kids, we talk about being the best football player, being the best student, but also being the best person you can be,” Martin said. “That’s kind of our litmus test. If you can help somebody out, if you can’t figure out a reason why you wouldn’t do it, you probably should do it.”
Miamisburg men’s lacrosse Coach John Kuehnle said the team came to Beavercreek with “hammers, gloves and boots” to help out.
“These people all had homes on Saturday and Sunday morning, you know, and everything went sideways, literally, that night,” Kuehnle said. “We’re local, we’re here. They’re rivals of us on the field, but we’re family every time else. We’re ready to help whenever they need.”
Dayton area residents are encouraged to volunteer or donate to organizations putting together relief efforts for Dayton and surrounding areas.