A letter from A.D. John Currie: Remembering tornado victims yet honoring K-State season successes

John Currie (May 22, 2013)

The K-State baseball team purchases food, drinks and medical supplies at Walmart in Oklahoma City, Okla., to donate to the relief effort in Moore, Okla., on May 22. (Video: K-State Sports Information)

K-State Nation,
First, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Moore, Okla., as they deal with the aftermath of Monday afternoon's terrible storms, especially the parents who have lost or are missing young children from the schools hit by the tornadoes.

Our baseball team was en route to its hotel in OKC in advance of the Big 12 Championship during the storm, and we were relieved to learn that they arrived safely. I also traded text messages late last night with Oklahoma A.D. Joe Castiglione and then our Big 12 athletic directors visited by phone this morning with conference officials and the Oklahoma City All-Sports Association regarding the status of this week’s tournament.

Tim Brassfield, executive director of the All-Sports Association, was very appreciative of the support and sensitivity to the situation displayed by our conference staff and coaches and shared with us the strong desire from his fellow Oklahoma City leaders that the championship continue to be played this weekend. It was then determined that the tournament be delayed one day and proceed with an altered schedule. 
To have such a tragic occurrence come on the heels of a wonderful Wildcat weekend is indeed humbling, but I do want to congratulate Coach Brad Hill and our Big 12 Champion baseball team following a title-clinching series win over Oklahoma this past weekend. And hats off to the 7,600-plus fans that attended the series — the atmosphere during our dramatic walk-off win was special. 

In Oklahoma City, the conference announced postseason honors and awards for baseball with a total of seven players being named First Team All-Big 12 as well as Wildcat picks for Coach of the Year (Brad Hill), Player of the Year (Ross Kivett), Freshman of the Year (Jake Matthys) and Scholar Athlete of the Year (Jared King) — which now gives us three Big 12 Scholar Athletes this year! 

A deadly F5 tornado more than a mile wide and packing 200 mph winds swept through Moore, Okla., on May 20, causing widespread destruction for 17 miles. (Photos: K-State Sports Information)

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