June 3, 2011
Warriors Forward Ekpe Udoh To Assist Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts
Oklahoma Native Will Assist American Red Cross Workers & Help Raise Awareness For Disaster Relief
Udoh assisted in the on-going disaster cleanup and met with families that were directly affected by the tornadoes in two Oklahoma towns on Saturday.
Golden State Warriors forward and Edmond, Oklahoma, native Ekpe Udoh is pitching in to assist and raise awareness for the on-going American Red Cross relief efforts in his home state in the wake of recent devastating tornadoes that destroyed 400 homes and damaged 400 more residences, the team announced today.
On Saturday, June 4, Udoh will make the five-plus hour drive from Waco, Texas, (where he is currently attending summer school classes at Baylor University) to connect with American Red Cross volunteers in Piedmont & Chickasha, two towns near Edmond that were hit hard by the tornadoes. While there, Udoh will join local volunteers in assisting with the on-going disaster cleanup, meet with families that were directly affected by the tornadoes and tour the heaviest hit areas.
Udoh, 24, attended Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Oklahoma, where he helped lead his team to a state championship as a junior and earned All-State honors as a senior in 2006. After a three-year collegiate career (two seasons at Michigan and one season at Baylor) Udoh was selected by the Golden State Warriors sixth pick in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft. As a rookie this past season, the 6’10’’ forward appeared in 58 games with the Warriors, averaging 4.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and a team-leading 1.48 blocks in 17.8 minutes per contest.
For more information on the American Red Cross, please visit www.redcross.org.