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Colorado athletes assist victims displaced by flooding

Sep 16, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

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Colorado was drenched with rain in the last week, setting off horrific flooding that has left certain towns almost unreachable. Four people have been killed and more than a thousand are yet to be accounted for.

The people there need help, and Colorado University is doing what they can to chip in.

On Saturday, the school invited about 800 flooding victims from the Boulder area to come to campus, get a hot meal and meet with some of the school’s athletes. Most of the invitees lived in CU’s family housing, which happens to sit close to Boulder Creek, one of the rivers in town with dangerously high water.

“It’s been a hard time. It’s nice to know that this community is here and that everyone is coming together. Tragedies like this can make you feel really separated from the rest of the world and it’s things like this that just make you realize what a great community we have,” said Sarah Stith, a resident manager at CU’s Smiley Court Apartments who attended the event with her husband and two young children.

Football players, both the men’s and women’s basketball team, women’s lacrosse players and the women’s volleyball team all took part in the event.

“Our team has been doing everything we can to help out the community of Boulder,” said CU basketball guard and Boulder native Beau Gamble. “It’s great to see the other student-athletes out helping too and doing whatever they can, whether it’s helping people move out of flooded basements or digging out cars, or whatever else needs to be done. Today, half of the team is over at the Center for Community helping out since they are low-staffed and the rest of us are here at Folsom greeting evacuees from CU’s family housing.”