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Wisconsin delivering donations to Louisiana flood victims

UW and its partners are teaming up to help flooding victims in Louisiana.

News: Louisiana Flooding Scott Clause-USA TODAY Sports

Residents in Louisiana are still working to recover from the disastrous floods that ravaged the state last month. UW, with a couple of partners, is working to assist relief efforts.

Two organizations, 100 Black Men of Madison and ASPIRE, have donated goods that will be distributed to families in need. 100 Black Men of Madison, in conjunction with the United Way of Dane County, has sent backpacks and school supplies for grade school children. The official sports drink of Wisconsin Athletics, ASPIRE has given one palette of drinks, about 2,000 bottles.

The donations will be loaded onto Wisconsin football’s equipment truck as it travels up to Green Bay on Thursday. UW’s equipment staff will coordinate with LSU’s staff to load the supplies onto their truck, so when they return to Baton Rouge after Saturday’s game at Lambeau Field, the supplies will be delivered to the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge for distribution to those affected in the area.

Here’s the official release from the Wisconsin athletic department:

Badgers to make special deliveries this weekend

UW to partner with 100 Black Men of Madison, United Way of Dane County, ASPIRE and LSU to help deliver items to flood victims in Louisiana

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin football team's equipment truck will have some special packages to go along with the helmets, shoulder pads and cleats it will be transporting to Lambeau Field for the Badgers' game against LSU on Saturday. Thanks to generous donations from 100 Black Men of Madison (in conjunction with the United Way of Dane County) and ASPIRE, the truck will be transporting supplies to help the victims of the recent flooding in Louisiana.

“We're very appreciative of the interest of the 100 Black Men of Madison, the United Way of Dane County and ASPIRE to join in the effort to provide needed relief to folks in Louisiana," UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said.

100 Black Men of Madison is donating backpacks and school supplies for grade schoolers while ASPIRE, the official sports drink of Wisconsin Athletics, is donating a palette of drinks (2,000 bottles). The items will be loaded onto the Wisconsin football equipment truck and driven to Green Bay on Thursday.

The Wisconsin equipment staff will then coordinate with their counterparts from LSU to load the supplies onto the Tigers' truck. When it returns to Baton Rouge, the backpacks, school supplies and drinks will be delivered to the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge for distribution to families in need.

About 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc.

100 Black Men of Madison, Inc., began its operation in 1994 and was incorporated in 1995 as a nonprofit organization comprised of members from many professional disciplines in the greater Madison area. The Madison chapter was established with the concept that it would make a positive difference in the lives of area youth, especially African American males, through mentoring, education, health and wellness, and economic development programs. 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. is an affiliate of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

About ASPIRE Beverage Company

Founded in 2012 by two coaches and former athletes that were concerned about the prevalence of sugary, caloric, neon-colored drinks being consumed in the name of sports, ASPIRE Beverage Company makes better-for-you, low-osmolality sports drinks that are designed to improve the health and performance of athletes. The great-tasting ASPIRE FIRE, ICE, STORM, RUSH and RISE sports drinks contain beneficial electrolytes, vitamins and minerals without the artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives found in other brands. ASPIRE sports drinks are sold at schools, sports facilities and retailers throughout the United States including Target, Costco, Kroger, Whole Foods, Safeway, Sam's Club, H-E-B, Life Time Fitness and Amazon.com. More information is available at www.ASPIREbeverages.com.