COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi University For Women basketball player and Columbus native Tori Weir was on her way back to school Saturday when a tornado hit her hometown.
"I was thinking about my residents, since I'm an R.A. (resident assistant)," Weir said. "I just wanted to know they were safe.
"I got pretty sad, because I was like, that could have been me....that could have been my house that's down, or my power is out, and I'm pretty blessed."
The W knows full well about the effects of a tornado. Its home gym was destroyed by one in 2002, and that led to the basketball program being discontinued.
Now that the program is back, the Owls are looking out for their fellow citizens, even as they get ready for a national tournament next week.
"Actually, a couple of us are starting to do community service around the town to help people, because I mean, the campus didn't get hit, or didn't have much damage, so we were just gonna help others as we get prepared to go to nationals," said junior center Keyahna Jones.
"They need to have things like that, to be a part of things like that, because that's real life that they're facing, so to be a part of that is great," said head coach Howard White, Jr.