Recovery from Colorado’s devastating floods last month will take a very long time and be a very expensive endeavor. Thanks to a gift from the NFL Referees Association however, the Estes Park School District’s will be a bit easier.
In a ceremony before the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins game yesterday, the NFL Referees Association presented the district with a check for $10,000. The money will help to rebuild the district’s damaged athletics facilities.
Record-setting amounts of rain fell on northern Colorado in September leading to extensive flooding. The normally tranquil Big Thompson River became a raging torrent through the town of Estes Park. The mountain community, like many, was devastated.
The Estes Park School District estimates that its athletic facilities sustained $50,000 worth of damage. Total losses across the state are expected to approach $2 billion.
NFLRA Executive Director Jim Quirk told CBS Denver, “The fact that we’re able to affect and help the people in that district, I talked to the athletic director up there and they were pretty much decimated. They were very appreciative of receiving the monies.”
This is the second time in 2013 the NFLRA has provided help in the wake of a natural disaster. The group gave a similar grant to Moore Public Schools of Moore, Okla. after tornadoes damaged school facilities in May.