The University of Miami men?s and women?s basketball teams relocated to Atlanta during Hurricane Irma, and moved their base to the Orlando World Marriott on Wednesday while they await power to be restored in Coral Gables and the campus to reopen.
Hurricane athletes from several sports, including the football team, and UM sports administrators are gathering at the Orlando hotel. They also have trainers on hand to help with gym workouts and physical therapy.
UM women?s coach Katie Meier said she suggested to the players that they leave town for the storm, they voted, and agreed to follow their coach?s advice. Atlanta seemed like a logical destination because three players are from the Atlanta area and Meier?s sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Mike Lutzenkirchen, live there.
They drove in a caravan for 14 hours last Wednesday, and split up into homes.
© Jorge Plaza Marquez
© Jorge Marquez Plaza
They had a team barbeque at the house of Erykah Davenport, another meal at the home of Taylor Mason, and spent a lot of time at the Lutzenkirchens.