In a day and age where schools are having to cut programs and spending at an exponential rate, it's comforting to see a story like the one that NewsOK ran today pointing out that the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association is offering to replace many state championship and playoff memorabilia lost in the tornado earlier this week.
The best part is that the memorabilia is being replaced at no charge.
According to the article, the OSSAA will replace "lost trophies, plaques, medals and state championship t-shirts for any school, coach, athletic director or student who had the items lost in the storm". All they have to do is contact the school that they participated at and notify them of the loss and then school administrators will report the items that need replaced. Unfortunately for some, programs from the events are one item that cannot be replaced.
No one expected this from the governing body of Oklahoma high school sports, and it won't fix everything, but what it will do is provide a sense of hope and comfort to communities and individuals that have been ravaged by the storm and help them start to return to a sense of normalcy.
Normally memorabilia like that is lost forever in a storm of this magnitude, so this is an excellent, and heartwarming move by the OSSAA that will be appreciated by hundreds and hundreds of people for years to come.