Southmoore (Moore, Okla.) High School football coach Jeff Brickman had the foresight to cancel Monday's spring practice when he saw the weather forecast, which called for severe storms.
Brickman and his players were in the field house reviewing film of a previous practice when the massive, mile-wide tornado that left at least 24 people dead rolled in.
"Then it hit right when school was about to let out," Brickman told Tulsa World sports columnist John E. Hoover. "All the kids in school were in shelters and we had a bunch of kids in the field house with helmets on in the bathrooms. It was pretty terrifying. It came right by the school."
SoonerScoop.com reports that Brickman's staff and players all survived the tornado, but many lost their homes.
Spoke briefly with Jeff Brickman, head coach at Southmoore. His staff and players are all ok. But he has 16 players who lost homes.— SoonerScoop.com (@SoonerScoop) May 21, 2013
You can donate to the American Red Cross to aid those affected here.