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Ravens Donate $1M To Houston Flood Relief

August 31st, 2017 by WCBC Radio

The Baltimore Ravens are donating $1 million to support Houston flood relief. WBAL reports the team announced Thursday that the gift will be sent to the United Way of Greater Houston, with the funds split among the United Way Relief Fund for Hurricane Harvey, the Salvation Army of Houston and the American Red Cross.

A number of sports teams, leagues and players–most notably Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt–have donated money, launched fundraisers or both. While the Baltimore Orioles have not announced a donation, MLB and the MLB Players Association pledged a joint $1 million gift, and the Orioles are urging fans at Camden Yards to donate to the league's online fundraiser. Orioles reliever Donnie Hart lives in Katy, Texas, west of Houston. The Baltimore Sun reports his twin sister, Donna, was forced to evacuate.

The NFL Foundation also gave $1 million. The Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys are among the teams making the most sizable gifts. The Astros are also donating all net revenue from their Rangers series played at Tropicana Field to relief efforts.

Watt started an online fundraising drive that has raised well over $4 million–he's said he's now shooting for $10 million. The Tennessee Titans contributed $1 million to Watt's effort, while other teams, including the New England Patriots, New York Jets and owners are also cutting seven-figure checks.

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