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NC State basketball players help Greensboro clean up after tornado

April 18, 2018 GMT

A handful of former and current NC State basketball players were in Greensboro on Wednesday to help the community clean up after a tornado ripped through town earlier this week.

The group, led by former NC State guard and Greensboro native Sam Hunt, traveled around the city to help residents recover from the storm. The National Weather Service confirmed the Sunday storm sparked an EF-2 tornado.

The streets are familiar to Hunt, whose family still lives in Greensboro, but he hardly recognized the area Wednesday.

“I could not imagine this happening in my city or where I am from,” he said.

Churches, schools and homes were all destroyed, and the east side of the city was hardest hit. A man died during the storm when a tree fell onto his moving car, according to Greensboro officials.

Hunt organized relief with a post on Instagram, saying volunteers would be “going house to house cleaning what we can and providing cases of water and canned food to those in need.”

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Old friends that Hunt grew up with offered to help with the relief effort, as did former NCSU teammates like Beejay Anya.

“It is bad, it is really bad. It is a lot worse than I expected,” Anya said of the condition of the city.

Hunt on Wednesday found neighbors in broken homes and some in broken spirits. The simple things are important to residents right now, to rebuild physically and emotionally.

Norman Brown has been living off a small generator since the storm hit.

’We haven’t been able to get out of this neighborhood for a while and we’ve had much needed help that did come,” Brown said.

“We are going to try to do our part and help as much as we can,” Hunt said.