HBCU Sports Menu

HBCU Sports
View Latest Posts
View Subscriptions
Posting Instructions

Active Bloggers

Dr. Marcia Robinson Dr. Marcia Robinson
Wilmington University class of 2019
HBCU CONNECT HBCU CONNECT
Central State University class of 1995
Beverly Johnson Beverly Johnson
class of
Reggie Culpepper Reggie Culpepper
Clark Atlanta University class of 1998
Will Moss Will Moss
Hampton University class of 1995
Kamal Imani Kamal Imani
class of
Joel Savage Joel Savage
class of 1993
Anica Oaks Anica Oaks
class of 2012

Three WSSU student athletes concerned about relatives in Puerto Rico

Posted By: Elynor Moss on September 30, 2017

By John Hinton Winston-Salem Journal



Three student athletes at Winston-Salem State University are still studying and going to practice, but their minds and hearts are frequently with their relatives in storm-stricken Puerto Rico.

**** Maria brought overwhelming devastation when it hit the U.S. commonwealth territory on Sept. 20. The storm destroyed the island’s electric grid while it damaged homes, businesses, roads and farms.

At least 16 people were ****. The storm severely crippled the island’s economy, and government officials are still determining the monetary damages.


Michelle Murray Garcia, a native of Dorado, Puerto Rico, is a senior and a member of the women’s volleyball team. Miguel Quinn, a senior from Charleston, S.C., and a member of the Rams football team, said his mother’s relatives live in Puerto Rico.

And Randal Ortiz, a senior from Maiden and a member of the WSSU baseball team, also is a native of Puerto Rico.

Murray Garcia, Quinn and Ortiz all said they were worried and shocked when they saw news reports of the ****’s damage. They grew more concerned after they were initially unable to reach relatives who live in Puerto Rico.

“I was really, really worried, but I tried to stay positive,” Murray Garcia said. “I tried to stay calm. But I was worried.”

Her family home was severely damaged by the storm, she said, and her mother, Maria Garcia, lost all of her belongings in the storm. Quinn and Ortiz also said their relatives’ homes were damaged and without power.

Their house is still standing, but it’s also without electricity, Murray Garcia said. Earlier in September, **** Irma knocked out power to most of the island, including her home.

“Everything on the inside is basically gone, as far as I know,” Murray Garcia said.

On Sept. 25, her brother called her. “I was thrilled to hear his voice,” she said.

Her mother then contacted her, Murray Garcia said, but she hasn’t spoken to them since then.

“There are a lot of people without homes,” Murray Garcia said. “There is no food for people. They are fighting for gas as far as I know. They are struggling. They are in need of everything.





Quinn said that his sister, Jasmine Camacho Quinn, a student at the University of Kentucky, recently contacted their cousin, Johnny Fargas, who lives in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.

The Quinns have other cousins, an aunt, an uncle and a grandmother who live in Puerto Rico.

“The family is doing fine,” Quinn said. “I think they can find (enough food and water) to survive.”

The scope of the storm’s damage to the island hit home with Quinn when he saw videos on social media of the devastation, he said.

“It’s not going to be a pretty picture,” Quinn said.






Ortiz was frustrated when he couldn’t reach his three brothers and a sister who live in their hometown of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, after the storm, he said.

He finally spoke to his brother, Edwin Alicea Ortiz, who told him about the damage that the storm caused, Randal Ortiz said. His brother’s and his uncle’s house suffered damage, Ortiz said.

“He (my brother) called my mother crying,” Ortiz said. “There is no milk for his baby, and there is no food for the family. My other brothers are trying to help him, but everyone is struggling to find food and water.”

Recovery efforts in Puerto Rico are being impeded by hundreds of fallen trees blocking roads to the cities and towns as well as blocking streets in the neighborhoods, Murray Garcia, Quinn and Ortiz said.

Ortiz’s frustration grew when he learned from news reports that even though an abundance of food, water and other vital supplies have arrived in Puerto Rico’s main Port of San Juan, the government officials can’t find enough truck drivers to deliver those items the island’s most devastated areas.

Ortiz suggested that the Puerto Rican and federal officials use helicopters to distribute those supplies. Quinn said he appreciated President Trump’s decision to waive a federal law that will allow foreign countries to import goods into Puerto Rico without first traveling to a U.S. port and transferring those items to an American ship.

Murray Garcia, Quinn and Ortiz urged Winston-Salem residents to donate food and money to the Puerto Rican recovery efforts. They also asked for local people to pray for Puerto Rico.

“The island is going to shine again,” Murray Garcia said. “We are going to get through this.”





jhinton@wsjournal.com 336-727-7299 @jhintonWSJ
If you enjoyed this article, Join HBCU CONNECT today for similar content and opportunities via email!

Three WSSU student athletes concerned about relatives in Puerto Rico

Comments
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
Accept your invitation to become a new hire at an Employer in your field of expertise!
#FAMUConnect: Who do you know from FAMU? We introduce you to Mr. Shaun Watson
#HBCUEmployment: Opportunities are available! Seek a new career here...
Connect with the HBCUConnect representatives for help attaining a career in Healthcare, Education, and Technology
Careers for professional talented workers: applicants invited to apply to the following new employers
Working on attaining a new career requires options. Research the jobs on this list to see if you want to apply!
Latest HBCU Sports
HBCU Grad and NBA Standout Continues to Give Back to His Alma-Mater, Norfolk State University

HBCU Grad and NBA Standout Continues to Give Back to His Alma-Mater, Norfolk State University

Kyle O’Quinn scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in what was inarguably the most important win in Norfolk State athletics history. More than eight years later, the NBA player quietly continues ...more
Will Moss • 8,324 Views • October 27th, 2020
NCAA Scrutinizing Deion Sanders & HBCU, Jackson State University - Probation & Recruiting Restrictions Already...

NCAA Scrutinizing Deion Sanders & HBCU, Jackson State University - Probation & Recruiting Restrictions Already...

Who knew the NCAA came after FCS programs for recruiting violations? While jokes about the future of the Jackson State program were easy to make after Deion Sanders was hired at the school, turns o ...more
Will Moss • 25,857 Views • October 25th, 2020
Deion Sanders Signs 4 Year $1.2 Million Dollar Deal with HBCU Jackson State University

Deion Sanders Signs 4 Year $1.2 Million Dollar Deal with HBCU Jackson State University

Deion Sanders’s contract with Jackson State is a four-year, $1.2 million deal that includes at least $120,000 in annual performance incentives and an automatic extension for an eight-win season. Th ...more
Will Moss • 35,652 Views • October 17th, 2020
Another NFL Star, Michael Thomas, Steps Up to Support HBCUs!

Another NFL Star, Michael Thomas, Steps Up to Support HBCUs!

Texans safety Michael Thomas is auctioning off game-worn jerseys to benefit his scholarship fund for historically Black colleges and universities. That includes jerseys worn by himself, defensive e ...more
Will Moss • 9,439 Views • October 13th, 2020
Former NBA Star, Jerry Stackhouse, Hints at a Possible HBCU Basketball Tournament!

Former NBA Star, Jerry Stackhouse, Hints at a Possible HBCU Basketball Tournament!

By Michael Gallagher The Vanderbilt men’s basketball team has had its fair share of schedule rearranging for the 2020 season due to COVID-19. Usually starting the first week of November, the NCA ...more
Will Moss • 2,628 Views • October 13th, 2020
Popular HBCU Sports
Sources: Deion Sanders Finalizing Deal to Become Head Coach of HBCU - Jackson State University!

Sources: Deion Sanders Finalizing Deal to Become Head Coach of HBCU - Jackson State University!

Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders is finalizing a deal with Jackson State University to become the school's next head coach, according to Sports Illustrated's Ross Dellenger. ...more
Will Moss • 75,574 Views • September 18th, 2020
HBCU North Carolina Central Now The Favorite to Land Lebron James Jr. Son of Superstar Lebron James

HBCU North Carolina Central Now The Favorite to Land Lebron James Jr. Son of Superstar Lebron James

Duke has long been considered a favorite to land LeBron James Jr., son of the Los Angeles Lakers superstar and living NBA legend. In the wake of today’s monumental Makur Maker news, oddsmakers think t ...more
Will Moss • 72,935 Views • July 20th, 2020
Coach Deion Sanders & Jackson State Make Offer to Top High School Football Prospect and LSU Commit, Khamauri Rogers!

Coach Deion Sanders & Jackson State Make Offer to Top High School Football Prospect and LSU Commit, Khamauri Rogers!

Holmes County football coach Marcus Rogers had one main statement to make when his son Khamauri Rogers, the top junior in Mississippi, received an offer from Jackson State on Sept. 23. "I don't kno ...more
Will Moss • 60,329 Views • October 5th, 2020
High School Football Recruits Already Lining Up to Play for HBCU Coach Deion Sanders @ Jackson State University!

High School Football Recruits Already Lining Up to Play for HBCU Coach Deion Sanders @ Jackson State University!

The news is in, and Prime Time, Deion Sanders, is the new head coach of Jackson State University's men's football team as of Monday, September 21st, 2020. We at HBCUConnect.com have already been re ...more
Will Moss • 36,691 Views • September 21st, 2020
Please Give Us a Like on Facebook!