Members of the San Antonio Spurs organization spent their day of service volunteering with recovery efforts in Port Aransas. It wasn’t a win on the basketball court, but it was a win helping out a Harvey-hit community.
About 150 members came to assist in a number of projects, including painting, dune clean-up and trash pick-up.
One of those volunteers was Casey Heverling, the general manager at the AT&T Center. That’s where the Spurs play. But today, he was getting his hands dirty, helping remove trees from the dunes.
"You hear about it, you see it on the news as it’s happening, and for those of us who haven’t been down here since, it’s shocking," Heverling said. "But it’s also a reminder to why we’re here."
Heverling added the Spurs organization is one big family. Today, they became part of the Port A Strong family, complete with colorful t-shirts that were seen all across town.
The volunteers worked in 14 different locations in Port Aransas, including the ARK, Paradise Pond, and Mustang Island State Park.
Port Aransas City Manager, David Parsons, says this one-day visit by the Spurs organization was a slam dunk for the community.
"Knowing that the Spurs nation is reaching out and cares about the city and the school, they really stepped up and helped us," Parsons said. "What they’ve done is tremendous."
After volunteering, the organization attended pep rallies at the high school and middle school.
Additionally, the city of Port Aransas declared today, April 5th, Spurs Day.