The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors announced Wednesday a donation of $200,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in the wake of Monday's tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla. The contribution will be from the proceeds of the Big 12 baseball championship in Oklahoma City, Thursday through Sunday.
"The Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship is a longstanding fixture in Oklahoma City. Additionally, the State of Oklahoma and its wonderful people are integral parts of our league," said commissioner Bob Bowlsby in a written statement. "Our hearts go out to those affected by this terrible tragedy and this donation is one small way to provide relief to a city that has supported our membership so well over many years."
A moment of silence will be observed before the championship’s opening game at 9 a.m. Thursday, with Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
League teams, which have already participated in several community and volunteer efforts, will also display a helmet decal throughout the event to honor the victims. MTM Recognition in Oklahoma City donated the stickers.