by Jeff Osborne

If you live in Evansville, IN or the surrounding are, you’re no stranger to HOOKnSHOOT or three-time Golden Gloves Champion, Gerald Rice.

Last weekend tragedy struck the area when people had their homes leveled by a tornado while they slept.

“I’m being called insensitive for saying that a tornado is worse than a hurricane” says Jeff Osborne (promoter of HOOKnSHOOT).

“The fact that these people had less than 2 minutes to find shelter (and most of them couldn’t) is no comparison to people who are given 5-7 days to evacuate for a hurricane. They’re both two horrific disasters but the worst disaster comes without warning when you’re sleeping” continues Osborne.

Gerald Rice, a prominent figure in boxing for the last 60 years, recently moved from training boxers to helping train MMA fighters in Indiana. While he took some flack for going to MMA, he didn’t care.

“These guys want to train harder and fight! I’m sick of boxers saying they’re fighters but they never fight….the MMA guys are here for every training session” said Rice back in September.

Rice, a retired police officer on a fixed income, was hit by an uninsured motorist in January. The “accident” caused serious injuries to his wife and eventually the motorist at fault had NOTHING so Rice had to absorb the medical and car repairs himself.

This past Sunday, Rice lost everything and says he’s lucky to be alive when a tornado completely leveled his home and leaving him with NOTHING. His two cars and prized Harley-Davidson were demolished and tossed hundreds of feet away. HIS HOME IS COMPLETELY GONE AND REDUCED TO RUBBLE ON A CONCRETE PAD. Luckily, they were dug out of the basement hours later.

Many of the fighters he trained wondered how he weathered the storm but could not reach him. On Tuesday, Jeff Osborne called his cel phone to find out the horrible news. Rice said he had only 2 shirts and two pairs of pants and will have to live with his son until something can be done.

Gerald Rice canceled his first ever boxing show scheduled for 11/26 and lost $4,200 in deposits, event insurance and advertising costs.

Rice took a monumental leap in moving to MMA after 6 decades of boxing and took some flack. Anyone who cares to help “one of our own”, please feel free to make a PayPal donation to hooknshoot@aol.com . ALL OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO RICE AND HIS FAMILY!