Two weeks ago the Iowa town of Parkersburg was reduced to rubble by a F5 tornado. The community of only 2,000 produced four current NFL players, including Jaguars center Brad Meester.
Meester's family lost two homes, four cars, and countless irreplaceable memories, though thankfully nobody in his family was hurt. Brad and the other NFL players; Jared DeVries of Detroit, Casey Wiegmann of Denver and Green Bay's Aaron Kampman played for Aplington-Parker High School, which was completely destroyed in the tornado.
The Jaguars and Brad Meester have created a fantastic fund-raiser to help rebuild the community and give the fans a way to participate. This weekend, both on Jaguars.com and at the Minicamp, fans can purchase an Aplington-Parker High School hat for $19.95 Proceeds will go to the Parkersburg Relief Fund.
The hat can be ordered online here and will also be sold at Minicamp this weekend.
To help with this cause, Big Cat Country has a special contest. I challenge all readers to purchase this hat, via minicamp or the website. If you take a picture of you wearing the hat and email it to BigCatCountry@gmail.com, I will select one random winner to receive a Jaguars Helmet FatHead, care of our very good friends at FatHead.
I challenge Big Cat Country, JagNation , and all the Jaguars Fans to join in and help Parkersburg recover. My goal is 100, let's see if we can blow that number away. Remember, all you have to do to be eligible is to send me a picture of you wearing the hat, purchases can be made at Jaguars.com or at this weekend's Minicamp!
The contest will run until Friday June 27th, so place your order soon and send in your pictures!
If you'd like to contribute to the cause but would rather make a direct contribution, they may be made to the Parkersburg Relief Fund by making a check payable to LSB Foundation Parkersburg Relief Fund and sent to LSB (Lincoln Savings Bank) Foundation, 242 Tower Park Drive, Waterloo, Iowa 50701.
Thank you for your participation!