NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - It turns out that Nathan Bain’s game-winning shot in the SFA-Duke game last week has inspired college basketball fans all over the country to give and give and give.
As of 2:30 p.m. Monday, the Go Fund Me site that Stephen F. Austin State University officials set up to raise money for Bain’s family had raised $146,024. The original goal for the fundraising drive was $50,000.
Almost 4,000 people have donated to the Go Fund Me account in Bain’s name.
The SFA senior’s last-second layup inside Cameron Indoor Stadium secured the 85-83 win for the underdog SFA Lumberjacks. The win gave the college its first-ever victory over a team that was ranked No. 1, according to the Associated Press.
One person wrote, “I love this story! God bless you and your family!”
Another person, who said he is from a family of Duke fans, said, “Thanks for shining, Nate!”
Kara Carpenter, SFA’s assistant athletic director for compliance, said they opened the Go Fund Me account for Bain’s family back in September. The goal was to help Bain’s family offset the cost of rebuilding their home.
“We put our heads together and looked at ideas to reach the most people without hurting Nate’s eligibility,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter said officials in SFA’s Athletic Department have not discussed an end date for the Go Fund Me account. When they do end the Go Fund Me campaign, Bain’s family will only have to provide exact receipts for the costs associated with rebuilding their home to get reimbursed via the Go Fund Me money.
On August 24, Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas and became stationary over the island for more than 24 hours. Bain had already returned to Nacogdoches for the beginning of SFA practice.
His father, mother, and siblings were back home in Freeport. It seemed okay at first, but the longer the storm stayed, the worse it got for the Bain family and many of his friends. Dorian would go down as the most intense hurricane on record to hit the island and is regarded as the worst natural disaster in the country’s history.
Bain’s family lost their home and pretty much everything they owned. His father was a minister, and their church was a total loss. His parents also ran a school for children in the Freeport area. The school took on major damage.
If the money in the Go Fund Me account winds up being more than the cost of rebuilding the Bains’ house, NCAA bylaws state that the money can be donated to a non-profit organization. Carpenter said, at that point, they would check with the Southland Conference and the NCAA to check to see if it would be appropriate to donate the money to the church or the school.
As much as Bain wanted to go back home, his family insisted he finish school. The 6-foot-6′ senior forward stayed and had dedicated this season to the Bahamas and raising awareness for what is going on there.
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