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The Season's Biggest Assist

October 24, 2013
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THE SEASON'S BIGGEST ASSIST

Aggie guard Courtney Walker began summer
by helping out fellow Oklahomans with Moore tornado relief

by Julie Nelson '13
AggieAthletics.com


On May 20, 2013, the lives of the people of Moore, Oklahoma were changed forever.

A devastating tornado swept through the city, destroying thousands of homes, killing nearly two dozen and injuring many more.

In response to the catastrophic damage the tornado caused, people all around the nation decided to pitch in and help with relief efforts. Among those who helped was Texas A&M sophomore Courtney Walker, a guard on the women’s basketball team and a native of Edmond—a city about 30 minutes north of the devastation.

"It’s just the right thing to do when people are in need...just anything I could’ve done to help I was going to do."

- Courtney Walker

In light of the damage done in Moore, Walker felt called to go back and help in any way that she could.

“It’s just the right thing to do when people are in need, especially when you know someone,” Walker said. “Just anything I could’ve done to help I was going to do, even if it was just a simple loading of semi trucks. It was fun to help out.”

Walker was finishing up the school year when she received a text from her former high school coach about coming back to Edmond to volunteer with the relief efforts.

“My coach had told me that my school was doing some drives to take down to Moore,” Walker said. “I was supposed to go to Moore, but I had a doctor’s appointment. I got to help out my school though, getting some stuff together and loading it up on the trucks, getting it ready to go to Moore.

“Edmond is about 30 minutes down the highway so I knew some people in my class when we were seniors together. Our coach sent us a text asking if we all wanted to get together to help out. Those that were able to make it did and it was great to see them.”

With the help of her former teammates and her high school, they were able to load up two semi trucks to take to Moore to help the families affected by the tornado.

“We loaded up water and boxes of food put together like a food drive,” Walker recalled. “All we had to do was load it all up and the drivers took it down to Moore. We filled up two semi trucks. It was a town effort and it was great to see my high school doing it. It was cool that we were able to all be there and help out. “

Walker’s efforts represented the 12th Man as well as Texas A&M’s core values of loyalty, integrity, excellence, leadership, respect, and selfless service.

She represents the Aggies well on the court, too.

Last season Walker was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team and took honors as an SEC Freshman of the Week. She started all 35 games, averaging 10.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.7 steals per game, helping lead the Aggies to a 25-10 record, an SEC Tournament championship and another trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Even though Walker was unable to go down to Moore in May, she definitely was able to feel connected with the people affected by the tornado and feel as if she was making a difference in their lives by helping out.

“It was really cool seeing all the effort being shown around the country,” Walker said. “It felt good just knowing I had been a part of an event like that.”

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