While sports have been known to serve as a remedy for outside world problems, there are certain instances where life takes priority.
Following Florida Atlantic’s 31-14 loss at Wisconsin last Saturday, a game in which some of the Owls’ minds and hearts where elsewhere, FAU was met with a harsh reality: The team couldn’t make it home because of the effects of Hurricane Irma.
Players, coaches and the rest of the Owls staff were stuck in Madison while they waited for clearance to return home to Boca Raton, Florida.
In an act of kindness and generosity, the Badgers hosted FAU following last Saturday’s game and allowed the Owls to use Camp Randall Stadium and their facilities in preparation for FAU’s home game against Bethune-Cookman this Saturday.
FAU head coach Lane Kiffin took the time Friday to thank the Wisconsin community with a full-page ad in Friday’s Wisconsin State Journal.
The note read:
Thank You! You have opened your hearts to our football program for the past six days in our time of need. Every single person on campus and in the community was kind and courteous. The Badger Football Team even shared their home with us and made our stay as comfortable as possible. We are forever indebted to the Wisconsin Athletic Department, Athletic Director Barry Alvaraez and Head Coach Paul Chryst for their collective generosity. We wish you nothing but the best of luck with the rest of your football season. ON WISCONSIN!
Florida Atlantic University Head Football Coach"
Hat tip to you, Mr. Kiffin.