The needs created by the flooding in Houston run so deep that it’s hard to know where to begin to help, so Kelvin Sampson, the University of Houston men’s basketball coach, came up with a basic answer. Fresh, clean clothing is desperately needed with thousands of people in shelters and who is better equipped to supply things to wear than a college coach?

Sampson put out the call for help Monday, writing: “I have had so many of my friends in the coaching profession text and call offering prayers and thoughts for all Houstonians. They all ask what we can do to help. Well, I came up with something I think coaches at all levels can help with.”

He went on to solicit apparel from men’s and women’s high schools, junior colleges, NAIA schools and “every level of college,” adding, “if you can, please send 20 of your school’s T-shirts and shoes” and included his address at the university.

Coaches across the country — from Georgetown to UCLA — stepped up, sharing their responses on social media.

And responses came from places that don’t boast big athletic-department budgets.

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