ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 4: Blaine Gabbert #11 of the University of Missouri Tigers looks to pass against the University of Illinois Fighting Illini during the State Farm Arch Rivalry game on September 4 2010 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis Missouri. The Tigers defeated the Fighting Illini 23-13. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Jaguars Quarterback Blaine Gabbert Working With United Way To Help Joplin

Former Missouri Star And Current Jaguars Quarterback Blaine Gabbert has started a charity auction on Facebook that is providing money to tornado victims in Joplin and across the United States.

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Jaguars Quarterback Blaine Gabbert Working With United Way To Help Joplin

Missouri native and former Mizzou Tiger Quarterback Blaine Gabbert has recently set up a facebook page titled "Athletes For Tornado Victims", to help raise money to aid those recently hurt by the Joplin tornadoes. In partnering with the United Way and CAA (the sports agency Gabbert is represented by), they are trying to help not only those needing help in Missouri but people all across the country that have been hurt by the tornado outbreaks this spring.

The program is an auction featuring a variety of prizes. Some of the highlights include trips to The Masters, The NCAA Final Four, the Daytona 500, or a golf outing with Gabbert. The winner of the golf auction will get to play a round of golf with another friend, and Gabbert at a golf course either in St. Louis or Jacksonville, where Gabbert is preparing for his rookie season with the Jaguars.

They money raised is certainly going to a good cause, and a lot of the various prizes are pretty cool as well. Props to Gabbert for remembering all of those in need and using his fame for a good cause.

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Frank Haith, Mizzou Staff Bring Smiles And Support To Joplin Victims

In the wake of the tragedy of the May 22 tornado and storms in Joplin, Missouri, the forecast has been considerably sunnier on this side as Missouri citizens and organizations from all over have come to help support in various ways as the city attempts to rebuild and recover. Part of that entourage came Thursday as new Missouri men’s basketball head coach Frank Haith and 14 other Mizzou staff came to bring aid and support.

Haith drove down yesterday to hand out children’s supplies, stuffed animals and the like, and stayed with the survivors of the storms for a while to hear about their experience. He stated, “The sight of neighbor helping neighbor serves as inspiration for us all. We can’t change what happened on Sunday night, but if we can make life a little easier, you better believe we are going to try and do it.”

It’s a spirit that Eliza Smiths says is found throughout the state, both around Joplin as people come to help, as well as the fundraisers and benefits happening all over. In her column for the Columbia Missourian, she details the proceeds from concerts, blood drives and even a tattoo shop donating its profits for a day.

In addition, the Joplin Globe also reports that Mizzou has sold over 6,000 support shirts for $14.95 each that read “One State. One Spirit. One Mizzou.” It’s another aspect of the community spirit across the state of Missouri in response to the chaos in and around Joplin.

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Mizzou Steps Up With Help For Joplin Area Tornado Victims

In another beautiful display of help and partnership, the University of Missouri joins other sports franchises like the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals in helping contribute money and awareness to the unfortunate victims of the tragic storm and tornado from May 22.

“One State. One Spirit. One Mizzou.” reads the t-shirt that the university is selling online (at mutigers.com), at the University Bookstore and the Tiger Team Store for $14.95 with all proceeds benefiting the United Way’s United for Joplin campaign. The Columbia campus is located over four hours away, yet the show of support reveals just how much the tragedy has touched everyone.

Mizzou football coach Gary Pinkel is also getting in on the act via his Twitter account: “Texting JOPLIN to 864833 will trigger a $10 donation to the Heart of Missouri United Way.” CBS Sportswriter Jeff Goodman also heard that Mizzou’s new men’s basketball coach Frank Haith was going in person to survey the damage and see how to help as well. The displays of support are found all around the state of Missouri in this time of need.

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