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Efforts underway to aid swamped athletic programs

Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Kenny Kemp  Volunteers help clean out the weight room at Clay County High School in Clay. Clay County is one of several schools that were hit hard by last week’s floods, with assistant football coach Shawn Karjeski telling the Secondary Schools Activities Commission the Panthers, “lost everything.”
Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Kenny Kemp
Volunteers help clean out the weight room at Clay County High School in Clay. Clay County is one of several schools that were hit hard by last week’s floods, with assistant football coach Shawn Karjeski telling the Secondary Schools Activities Commission the Panthers, “lost everything.”

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It didn’t take long for the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission to become involved in relief efforts following last week’s flooding that devastated several communities in the central and southern regions of the state.

“Shawn Krajeski from Clay County called me on Friday and said, ‘Bill, we are in bad shape here. We lost everything,’” SSAC communication, technology and event coordinator Bill Gillispie said Monday.

“I thought, with my ability to put it out there we might be able to help out, but let’s not just limit it to one school,” Gillispie said.

Gillispie, the former athletic director at Charleston Catholic, oversees the SSAC’s social media presence and facilitates the flow of information between the SSAC and its member schools. In this case, he has found himself opening the lines of communication between those schools themselves.

 “We put it on Twitter first, then Facebook,” he said. “We got such a response back from member schools it’s been amazing…

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