NASHVILLE (Ambush Sports) — Two sports franchises who call Middle Tennessee home are helping with assistance and recovery as a result of tornadoes that hit the Nashville metropolitan area early Tuesday morning.
We extend our deepest sympathies to those families who lost loved ones in the tornadoes last night and are heartbroken to see the damage across Nashville and Tennessee. We know the strength of our community and the Volunteer spirit that lives in us all. We will join the efforts to rebuild in these areas and know our neighbors will join us.
Starting offensive lineman Taylor Lewan and former Titans linebacker Will Compton have partnered with a local apparel company to manufacture and promote “Nashville Strong” T-shirts, with the proceeds going toward helping the families affected by the tornadoes.
Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill offered condolences on social media, asking fans to support local organizations helping with the recovery.
Pro Bowl safety Kevin Byard is pooling resources through his foundation to help those impacted by the storm, according to an interview with ESPN.
Meanwhile, the Nashville Predators opened up the doors of Bridgestone Arena as a shelter and served pizza to those affected by the tornadoes.
Predators players, including forward Kyle Turris, posted volunteer and donation links on social media, with other teams across the league also pledging to assist Nashville and surrounding areas in their recovery efforts.
The Preds published this post on Twitter Tuesday:
Dear Smashville Fam, We love you and we want to help. We will be serving pizza at @BrdgstoneArena beginning at 11 a.m. for all those affected by last night’s storm. Please feel welcome to come and bring anyone who needs it.
The tornadoes struck the region late Monday night into early Tuesday morning, causing damage across four counties and thousands of people without power. At least 25 are declared dead with more than 50 missing as of publication.