University of Houston Cougars Help with Hurricane Harvey Recovery


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Standing in the parking lot of Kidd Roofing in Austin, Texas, was not where Preston Pehrson imagined he would be on his first Thursday of game week at the University of Houston. He accepted the director of player personnel job at Houston nearly two weeks ago, leaving his role at Navy in Annapolis, Maryland, and found himself supervising a hurricane relief donation drive with the Houston football team.

The drive was organized by Houston head coach Major Applewhite and sports information director David Bassity to ensure the team didn’t travel back to its hometown empty-handed. After spending nearly a week in Austin, the Cougars loaded up 18-wheelers donated by other in-state football programs filled with supplies to help the relief effort. This would be the first step in Houston’s drive back home and the first step to recovery for the members of the program.

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