College basketball star Tyler Haws assists Yolanda survivors

By Jared Bray, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Jan. 24, 2014

PROVO, UT – When NCAA star Tyler Haws isn’t busy scoring around 22 points per game for the BYU Cougars, he’s often thinking about the Philippines, the country in which he served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“The Filipino people really have a special place in my heart,” he said after a recent practice. “I’ll never forget the experiences I had there.”

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard said he was devastated when he heard about the destruction caused by Typhoon Yolanda caused, since it slammed the Philippines more than two months ago.

“I’ve seen a lot of pictures that break my heart, and I’ve been praying for the people there,” he said.

To help, Haws recently made a YouTube video that encourages viewers to donate to LDS Philanthropies, a non-profit organization that’s been providing temporary shelter, as well as life-sustaining supplies to people in Eastern Samar and Leyte provinces.

He hopes the video will remind people that help is still greatly needed in the Philippines.

“I wish I was there helping, but we’re in the middle of our season, so we made a video to raise awareness,” Haws said.

While the West Coast Conference’s leading scorer continues to put together a strong 2013-14 season, he hopes that basketball, the Philippines’ favorite sport, will help survivors of the storm recover and rebuild.

“I saw that they love basketball there,” Haws said. “I think basketball does in some way help them heal and stay happy and find hope.”

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