North Carolina football players donate their meal money for hurricane relief

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WDBJ7) -- The North Carolina Tar Heels football team did their part in helping those affected by Hurricane Florence in the state by donating their per diem to buy supplies for victims, head coach Larry Fedora said.

According to the university, supplies will go to North Carolina residents in the eastern part of the state.

Eighty-five players will donate $15, the per diem each player would get after their game against Pitt on Saturday. Together they’ll donate $1,275, a UNC spokesperson said.

According to NCAA rules, a school can provide players a meal, or up to $15 in cash after each home and away game.

The effort was also in support of former UNC football player Kevin Reddick's GoFundMe campaign. Reddick, a New Bern, NC native, said he asked Fedora to rally the team to support his hometown and the rest of Eastern North Carolina, where Florence did significant damage.

"We're just so blessed that we didn't have anything crazy here," said Fritts, one of the players who helped deliver and load supplies Tuesday. "Obviously, people in different parts of the state are facing a lot harsher conditions, so we've just got to keep them in our prayers and just do anything we can to help them out," said Brandon Fritts, a tight end with the team.

The school announced that the truck left Friday for Lumberton, NC and helped out other areas based on their reach.

"We always encourage our students to be engaged in the campus community, and this is an example of that," Cunningham said. "Our "I Play For" campaign, which we launched this year, also gives our students an opportunity to think about what's meaningful to them, and to think about the great opportunity they have to participate, get a great education and help others," said Bubba Cunningham, Athletic Director.

"When you have tragedy, it brings people together," Fedora said. "It doesn't matter what you have going on in your life, you want to help other people. We have a football game to prepare for, but that's really not a whole lot when you think about what some of these people are going through."