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Coach organizes Virgin Islands hurricane relief

Adrian Durant, Cornell’s George E. Heekin ’29 Head Coach of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country, is raising funds to aid people affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands in an effort called power the USVI.

Said Durant, who is also head coach of the Virgin Islands national team for which he once played and coached, “The idea is to raise funds that would be used to purchase generators for families in need. It’s estimated that power won’t be fully restored for another six to eight months, so there is a real need there.”

Durant’s fundraising page notes: “Hurricane Irma alone destroyed 90 percent of St. Thomas' power lines and 80 percent of its transformers – the power plant on St. Thomas also feeds St. John. The island of St. Croix is still operating with only 12 percent power.”

“I’m also setting it up as a challenge,” Durant said. “Gifts can be associated with Cornell NetIDs. The top fundraisers will get to visit the Virgin Islands to meet some of the families that they helped.”

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