Texas-Texas A&M to play for Harvey relief

Steve Helwick

Texas and Texas A&M will renew the Lone Star Showdown on the basketball court next week, joining together for a cause that transcends the heated rivalry.

The basketball exhibition between the Longhorns and Aggies will transpire at Rice University’s Tudor Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25. All proceeds generated by the exhibition will be donated to the Rebuild Texas Relief fund, which works to assist victims and rebuild communities severely affected by Hurricane Harvey in late August.

“In the Lone Star State, there is nothing like a good sports rivalry to highlight our Texas pride,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said. “Throughout this recovery process, the athletic community has played a crucial role in providing assistance to victims of Harvey, and this game adds to those efforts. Just as Texans will always come together to support their team, they will always unite to help those in need, and I thank The University of Texas, Texas A&M University and Rice University for putting this event together.”

Ticket prices for the event range from $50 in the upper bowl to $1,000 courtside tickets. Tudor Fieldhouse lists its current arena capacity of 5,208 for the event. Rebuild Texas will be able to support Harvey victims with donations from the ticket funds, and the organization — which has received $78.3 million in donations per to its website — will inch closer to its goal of $100 million.

“What a wonderful opportunity this is, and I'm thrilled we're teaming up with our longtime rival in this very unique event,” Texas athletic director Mike Perrin said. “I encourage all Longhorn fans in the Houston area to proudly fill Tudor Fieldhouse on Wednesday night and join us in support of this statewide cause. As a lifelong Houston resident, I understand the impact that Hurricane Harvey had on so many lives and the need for continued aid and donations to help rebuild. This is a time for all Texans to come together in support of the Houston community.”