40 Coastal Bend College Student-Athletes representing the Baseball, Softball, Women's Basketball and Volleyball programs, along with several members of the Cougar coaching and athletic staff made their way through the dense morning fog to aid disaster relief efforts in the Rockport area. Hot and humid conditions were no match for the Cougars as they efforted to help Rockport residences whose homes were destroyed when Hurrican Harvey made land fall late on August 25th.
Known as the "Texas Riveria", Rockport took the brunt of the Category 4 storm's 130 mph winds and storm surge losing it's school, police and fire departments, tourist attractions and untold number of dwellings.
Dual sport athlete (Volleyball and Women's Basketball) Prescious Lopez stated, "I am from Houston, and hurt that I cannot get home to help because of my volleyball commitment and the flooding; this was just a small way for me to stand up and help. It is a natural reaction to help people whether its something big or small, because if it were me, I would hope for the same from others."
New CBC Women's Basketball Coach was amazed by what he saw, both from the destruction in Rockport and from the work of the Cougars, "I have never seen anything like it, seeing what those people are going through. Its not even a town anymore, it is a humbling moment." "Our group started at one house, and then they noticed three people working on another house, and the group split to help them, and just kept splitting up and helping more and more people. Some of the student-athletes got off the bus and started crying, but they immediately went to work."
CBC sophomore baseball player Julian Fernandez shared, "It was tragic, devistated homes, and devistated faces, it broke my heart - their homes were inside out. I am thankful that I had a chance to help in some small way."