Yesterday afternoon, a devastating tornado tore through the town of Moore, OK at approximately 3 p.m. Homes, businesses, cars, and other pieces of property were destroyed. A school was leveled. A two-story hospital had its entire second floor torn off. And dozens of people were killed as a result of the tornado, with some of them being children. The tornado—which featured winds that reached 200 miles per hour—traumatized the town of Moore, the state of Oklahoma, and the entire nation.
Since the tornado touched down, athletes from all walks of life have expressed their condolences and offered up prayers for the victims of the natural disaster. Some, like Kevin Durant, play in the state of Oklahoma. Others, like Bryce Harper, don't. But their collective reaction to the tragic tornado is a reminder that there are some events like this that truly affect us all.
This is how the sports world reacted to the tornado that ravaged Oklahoma:
Praying for the victims of the Tornadoes in OKC these last few days..Everybody stay safe!— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) May 20, 2013
I'm giving $1000 for tonight's HR and every HR until the All-Star break for the victims of my hometown in OKC. #PrayforOklahoma— Matt Kemp (@TheRealMattKemp) May 21, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone back home.. I attended one of the schools that was hit.. Wish I was there to help.— Jeremy Hefner (@jeremy_hefner53) May 20, 2013
You can help Oklahoma by texting STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or give online at bit.ly/13GkrnF— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) May 21, 2013
When you think you got it tough and things aren't going your way think about those that have it worse then you do! #PrayForOklahoma— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) May 21, 2013
Devastating damage to Moore, Oklahoma due to Tornadoes. Please keep these people in your prayers. Thankfully @melanieweeden family is safe.— Brandon Weeden (@bweeden3) May 20, 2013
Pray for all the people of Oklahoma impacted by the tornadoes. Yesterday & today were devastating to… instagram.com/p/Zj08uFvhrX/— DerekFisher (@derekfisher) May 21, 2013
Tragedy in Oklahoma...more bad weather in the forecast. Hunker down stay safe. The rest of the country has your back...USA— SCOTT HALL (@SCOTTHALLNWO) May 21, 2013
My heart is with the people of Oklahoma City. In my thoughts and prayers. #staysafe— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) May 21, 2013
My heart goes out to everyone feeling the impact of the tornadoes in the OKC area. Stay safe and #PrayForOklahoma.— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) May 20, 2013
Keeping OKC and all areas impacted by the tornadoes in my thoughts. #PrayForOklahoma— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) May 20, 2013
Prayers go out to all my friends and family in Oklahoma! May god be with you in these horrible times! Love you all! Be safe! #PrayForOK— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) May 20, 2013