Eastern Statesman

Student newspaper of Eastern Oklahoma State College

Benefit game scheduled for hurricane victim and Eastern student’s family


In September of 2019, Hurricane Dorian caused major damage to the Bahamas. Jaleah Taylor’s, a student and soccer player at Eastern Oklahoma State College, home is in the Bahamas along with her family. The Eastern Women’s Soccer Team decided to create a benefit to raise money for her family to help pay for damages. The benefit contains $15 shirts, $5 benefit dinner and monetary donations.

The benefit dinner will be held on the day of the benefit game Oct. 20 at 3pm. The $5 dinner includes a hot dog or pulled pork sandwich, chips and bottled water. The T-shirts say ‘Mountaineer Strong’ on them with an 11 in a heart for the ‘O’ to represent Jaleah’s jersey number. The benefit game will be on the day of the Eastern vs. Rich Mountain game, but instead of a normal game; all proceeds collected from donations, the dinner and shirts are being donated to her family.

“First and foremost, I’m very heart-warmed by the support of my coach, team, and school, and I’m very grateful for everyone’s generosity. I am also happy to be able to bring some comfort, and assistance to my family back at home. Altogether, I can’t thank everyone enough for their support, which has been truly gratifying,” Jaleah Taylor said.

Don’t forget to go to the game on Sunday Oct. 20 to show support towards Eastern’s men’s and women’s soccer teams, as well as the benefit for Jaleah Taylor.

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