As you recover from a hopefully restful period of giving thanks and feasting, I hope you are getting ready to join the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) for the third biggest giving day of the year – #GivingTuesday.
Each year, the NOSB features a theme that is both timely and regionally significant to the Finals competition location. While we always choose societally relevant topics for our theme, we never expected our 2018 theme of Our Ocean Shaping Weather to hit so close to home. 2017 was forecast to be a particularly active hurricane season (due to a combination of a weak El Niño, above-average surface temperatures, and weaker vertical wind shear) and ocean conditions were indeed ideal to produce the powerful Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria, and Nate that devastated U.S. cities and Caribbean islands.
In particular, NOSB university partners along the coast of Texas—Texas A&M University, Galveston and the University of Texas Marine Science Institute—sustained serious damage from Hurricane Harvey, impacting their ability to host the two Texas regional NOSB competitions. When Harvey made landfall in Port Aransas as a Category 4, it caused massive destruction, billions of dollars in damage; people 50 miles inland (including many of our NOSB teams) didn’t fare any better. Even as a Category 1 hurricane lingering over Houston, Harvey’s record rainfall and flooding over huge swaths of the city resulted in damage to life and property. Consequently, the two regional NOSB competitions – the Dolphin Bowl and the Loggerhead Challenge – have been canceled for the 2017-2018 season.
You can help us raise $15,000 to cover the travel for our Texas students to participate in the Trout Bowl in Colorado! Working together we can provide them with a bit of normalcy they need as their state, communities, and families strive to recover from Hurricane Harvey.
As an extra bonus – Razoo is waiving its normal processing fee on #GivingTuesday. That means even more of your donation will go towards supporting these students. How can you pass that up? As always, I know that our dedicated ocean science and technology community can come together to make this happen for kids who have earned the opportunity to compete. I can assure you that they will extremely thankful.
RADM Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.)
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership