In a little over 24 hours, thousands of dollars have been raised to send VCU students to Brooklyn to cheer on their team in the A-10 tournament.
RICHMOND (WRIC) - In a little over 24 hours, thousands of dollars have been raised to send VCU students to Brooklyn to cheer on their team in the A-10 tournament.
Tori Valentine loves VCU so much, she wanted to make sure the team had a massive cheering section for Friday night's game in Brooklyn. It took no time at all to surpass her original goal of $8,000.
"I started this yesterday, mid-afternoon thinking that I would have to refund maybe $500 or so because I didn't think the campaign would get off the ground," she says. "But it's definitely turned into something great and I'm so excited and so happy that it did."
On Valentine's Go Fund Me page, Book It to Brooklyn, the goal was $8,000. That would provide bus transportation and lodging to 56 Rowdy Rams - students who are die hard VCU fans, always attending the games and loudly cheering on the team.
"I just think that these students need to be in Brooklyn because of VCU's home court advantage," she says. "We have to have them there."
Thanks to generous donors, ranging from former and current students to some big names like Hermie Sadler and Eric Maynor, who gave $1,000, and even Shaka Smart and his wife Maya, who pitched in another $1,000.
Dylan Thomas, along with the rest of the band, cheerleaders and dance team left on a bus to Brooklyn Wednesday morning.
"I think it really says how dedicated the fans are to this team and how much this city really loves college basketball and how dedicated they are to it," he says.
Some of them even pitched in to help.
"Since i didn't have to pay to go, i donated money for them to be able to go because i had a lot of friends who wanted to be able to go," says band member Rebecca Morrissette."So i was like 'let me donate money to get them to go up there.'"
"I'm so just completely humbled by everything that has happened and all the people who have reached out and given," Valentine says. "It's just a great feeling."
The Rowdy Rams are in the process of selecting which lucky students will get a spot on the bus. They plan to leave early Friday morning to be in Brooklyn in time for the big game.
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