Wednesday, November 9th
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Many college students work as waiters to help pay the bills. On Wednesday night, a group of UVM student-athletes took to the tables at The Spot in Burlington to help one of their own.
Vermont senior skier Colton Hardy and his family lost their home when it was swept into a river during Tropical Storm Irene.
"Like a lot of other people, I was up in Burlington, and I kinda thought it was just another rainstorm, and people were overhyping Irene.", said Hardy. "My brother was calling me, Greg (a former UVM skier), and he was calling and telling me that, "Colton, out house is gone." Amd I didn't really understand what he meant, then it all hit me."
While Colton and his belongings were safe in Burlington, his family's home was a total loss. That's when his fellow UVM athletes knew it was time to act.
"Obviously the entire state of Vermont was devastated, and as the Vermont athletics, we decided consciously that we need to do something.", said UVM track athlete Chris Lemieux, who organized the even. "Vermont athletics is more than our performance on the field or on the ice or on the turf. We thought that doing an event for him would be a good way to show our love and support not only for our community, but for our own individual athlete in our family."
"I feel like this is the least I can do for Colton and his family.", said fellow UVM skier Tim Kelley. "Losing their house, I can't even imagine what they're going through, so when they asked, it wasn't even a question. He's just the type of teammate that everyone gets along with, never has a bad thing to say about anyone, and he works really hard."
"To do this for him and just their family have smiles on their face, even with knowing that they still don't have a house, I mean, I feel blessed to help him out, and I'm definitely thankful for every single person that's here tonight.", said Lemieux.
Ten percent of the proceeds from the event plus all of the tips raised by these UVM athletes go directly to Colton and his family.
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