Several weeks before his wedding, A’s starter Jharel Cotton and his fiancee went on a trip to the Caribbean, but it was not a luxury pre-honeymoon cruise. Cotton returned to his childhood home, the Virgin Islands, to assist with disaster-relief efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Cotton and Emma Supanich traveled to St. Thomas on Oct. 10, and spent their time on the island helping to distribute food through My Brother’s Workshop, a charitable organization that provided disaster relief in the wake of Hurricanes Maria and Irma. “It was crazy driving around,” Cotton said by phone from his offseason home in Michigan. “There were lots of houses with no roofs, people trying to patch them up with anything or just using tarps. Everything was torn apart, the streetlights weren’t working, electricity was limited. The hotel we stayed at was the only one operating, and they were holding it for people who were working on relief efforts and for relief organizations.” Cotton visited his uncle, Franklin Victor, who had a little water damage. But he was unable to go see his father, Franchette, on Tortola, the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands that is accessible only by boat. Cotton missed the one boat to the island, then drove to the other side of St. Thomas to try catch the same boat and missed it again. Cotton did get a generator delivered to his dad and big sister, LaToya, however.
A’s pitcher Jharel Cotton aided disaster relief in native Virgin Islands
San Francisco Chronicle | Jan 18