Texas High School Athletes Aid Wimberley Clean Up

Photo: Traci Maxwell

Student and athletes from area Texas schools came together Tuesday in Wimberley to help in the clean up effort from recent flooding along the Blanco River that devastated the area recently.  Over 300 homes were destroyed leaving everything from downed trees to the remains of homes smashed against rocks and bridges.  All of this destruction left mountains of debris needing to be removed for safety reasons.

Wimberley High School head football coach and Athletic Director, Doug Warren, told KVUE News that he organized the relief effort after receiving several calls from Texas coaches, who asked what they could do to help.

Over 400 athletes volunteered to spend the day cleaning homes, clearing brush and shoveling gravel from areas damaged by flood waters. Jeff Pannell, head football coach and athletic director in San Saba, told KVUE News athletes learn an important lesson by volunteering, something that they can't be taught in the classroom.

Steele Knights and Clifton Cubs helping cleanup in Wimberley

Steele Knights and Clifton Cubs helping cleanup in Wimberley

Students from all over the state showed up and helped throughout the day.  The following schools reportedly provided assistance:

  • Converse Judson
  • Hays Consolidated
  • Barbers Hill
  • Crosby
  • Poteet
  • Cibolo Steele
  • Luling
  • San Saba
  • Bandera
  • Clifton
  • Cuero
  • Frederickburg
  • Converse Wagner
  • Runge
  • Carrollton Newman Smith
  • Katy Cinco Ranch
  • Burnet
  • Navarro
  • Cypress Falls
  • Belton
  • and of course, Wimberley

While not all the volunteers were football players, these coaches, their athletes and parents as well as student bodies showed just how strong ties are between Texas communities when not on the gridiron.

Alexandria Rodriguez