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May 24, 2013

OSU's Ford cooks for Moore

Stillwater —

Any bit of help is welcome in tornado-stricken Moore — whether its cleaning up a cemetery or grilling a fresh meal for victims and relief helpers.

Oklahoma State men’s basketball coach Travis Ford — along with members of his coaching staff, several Stillwater residents and OSU police officers — did the latter on Thursday by hauling an industrial-sized grill down to Moore and grilling burgers and hot dogs throughout the day.

“I think we’re going to the night down here and cook throughout the night,” Ford said by phone Thursday afternoon. “We were cooking by 11 o’clock or so and it’s been non-stop since. As fast we can get them off, they’re eating them. It’s been almost overwhelming how appreciative everyone has been.”

The OSU coach came up with the idea of taking a cooker down to Moore after talking with friends who had assisted in other major natural disasters.

“I’d had a couple of friends who had been to Katrina and helped, and to Joplin, and I called them and asked them what they did and one of them told me they had hooked up one of these industrial grills behind their truck and loaded up hamburgers and hot dogs and took off,” Ford said. “I just thought that was a really good idea. So I threw my coaching staff together and said, ‘Hey, this is what we’re going to do. I’m going to find a grill, find as many hot dogs and hamburgers as I can find and buns.’ And we got it all together in the matter of a day.”

Ford said the reception has been very positive of the OSU coaching staff helping in the aid efforts following Monday’s deadly tornado that ravaged Moore. Ford said he has had people asking for photos with the Cowboy coach, which he has gladly obliged to be a part of.

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