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Syracuse blogger doing a very classy thing for Houston-area kids

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We’re going to step away for a bit from what we normally post this time of year to highlight what one blogger is doing for this country’s greatest asset — its children — at this very special time of the year.

Two days after Christmas, Syracuse will take on Minnesota in the Texas Bowl at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.  Monday, Sean Keeley of, the blog covering Orange sports, challenged his readers to help him and his website send 200 Houston-area kids who otherwise wouldn’t have the means to attend to the bowl game.

The response was heartwarming and overwhelming, as Keeley wrote in an update less than a day into the push:

I have to be honest, when I pressed submit and posted the Let’s Send 200 Kids To The Texas Bowl donation request, I figured we’d probably get close to our goal of raising $12K by Friday, but we might not reach it.

We reached $12,000 by roughly 7pm EST Monday evening.

Aided in part by the bowl game dropping the price of tickets from $50 to $20 for the endeavor, Keeley is now hoping 1,000-plus kids, from the Houston Texans YMCA and The Depelchin Children’s Center, will be able to attend thanks to the generosity of others.  The deadline for the drive has also been pushed back a couple of days to next Monday.

Bravo to Sean Keeley and those who have already donated for what they’re doing for the kids.  Such a classy, selfless gesture all around.

And, for those who would like to donate to such a worthwhile cause, and I would urge you to do so if you can afford it, click right HERE to donate.

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8 Responses to “Syracuse blogger doing a very classy thing for Houston-area kids”
  1. bleedburgandyandgold says: Dec 17, 2013 12:24 PM

    Just awesome! I like reading positive stuff like this.

  2. taintedlombardis says: Dec 17, 2013 12:33 PM

    Cool. This could be a great memory for children that rarely (if ever) get a break from a mundane existence of being needy.

  3. planck16 says: Dec 17, 2013 12:47 PM

    Stuff like this really sticks with kids and hopefully lets them know that education and sports can be a way to a higher education!

    Wouldn’t shock me at all to hear how this influenced one of those kids to become a NCAA STUDENT-athlete…….guaranteed kids will have a special place in their heart for The Orange and The Gophers moving forward!

  4. teedraper says: Dec 17, 2013 2:59 PM

    Who cares what some blogger is doing?

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 17, 2013 3:58 PM

    teedraper says: Dec 17, 2013 2:59 PM

    Who cares what some blogger is doing?

    Did you even read it?

  6. bballnut50 says: Dec 17, 2013 5:37 PM

    teedraper= LOSER!

  7. ronm1963 says: Dec 17, 2013 6:35 PM

    “Aided in part by the bowl game dropping the price of tickets from $50 to $20 for the endeavor…”

    Yeah, I’d say. Might even say, “Aided in large part by the bowl game …”

    Then, on the other hand, this nothing bowl that will be lucky to fill up half the stadium with paying customers — like so many others among the season’s nonsense bowls — could easily have “given away” 5,000 tickets or more to area kids to see the game. And there still will be thousands of empty seats come game time.

    Indeed, maybe instead of the great state of Texas throwing a zillion dollars at the next man to coach the Longhorn’s football team they might want to consider putting a few of those dollars toward solving some of the state’s more urgent problems facing its young people.

    All that said, the fact remains, nice work Mr Keeley and to JT for using his blog to publicize the effort.

  8. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 17, 2013 9:48 PM

    There is no such thing as the Texas Bowl or the Pinstripe New Balance Vaginal Mesh Bowl or any of that crap. Sell crazy someplace else.

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