Kansas officials on Friday released the final dollar value of the amount of money raised during last weekend’s Showdown for Relief Border War exhibition between Kansas and Missouri.
Previously reported as high as $1.75 to $1.85 million, KU revealed on Friday that the event generated $2.011 million for victims of recent natural disasters in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
According to the university, that amount includes a combination of ticket sales ($1.15 million), the Pay-per-View online stream ($768,000) and text-to-give contributions ($68,000). Donations from other entities totaled approximately $25,000, bringing the total donation to some $2.011 million.
The funds will be directed to "One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief," a joint appeal launched by all five living former U.S. Presidents. The following organizations will benefit from the game: the Houston Harvey Relief Fund, the Rebuild Texas Fund, the Florida Disaster Fund, Unidos Por Puerto Rico and the Fund for the U.S. Virgin Islands.
"From the onset, I knew the charitable cause and the game would create excitement, but I never thought it would eclipse $2 million," KU coach Bill Self said. "To the thousands of basketball fans who supported the cause, thank you. You helped make a difference in the lives of those in need."
Added Mizzou coach Cuonzo Martin: "Two competitive teams and their fan bases met in the Sprint Center and did something very special for a lot of people in need of help. Thank you to the many people who helped make last Sunday's game not only an exciting event for our two schools, but most importantly, an incredibly successful fundraiser to benefit those affected by the hurricanes.”
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