SMU athletes to accept donations for Virginia Tech during game

Updated: August 29, 2007, 6:52 PM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- Southern Methodist University student athletes plan to accept donations during Monday's football game to give to Virginia Tech to distribute to the survivors and families of those killed during a mass shooting last spring.

The athletes will be stationed at each of the gates of Ford Stadium during the game with Texas Tech to accept donations and distribute white balloons to be released following a moment of silence before the game.

Virginia Tech president Charles W. Steger said he was thankful for the support.

"Such expressions of care and compassion during our darkest hours have lighted our road to recovery. We are forever grateful for your support and kindness," Steger said.

Seung-Hui Cho shot 32 people to death and injured 25 others before taking his own life April 16 on the Virginia Tech campus.

The school has received more than $7 million in contributions that are to be distributed among the injured and families of those killed.

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