Senior forward Matt Howard’s hometown of Connersville, Ind., is sponsoring the Howard family’s travel to Houston.
The town raised $13,000 to help ensure the family of 12 would be complete in Texas.
“I think everyone but one of my brothers [is here],” Howard said. “His wife is pregnant and due here pretty soon, so he needs to be with her. It all means quite a bit to me—that so many of my brothers, sisters, mom and dad were able to come down and that people were able to help them get here.”
The Howard clan departs for Houston tonight. Around the same time, a bus of Dawg Pound members will arrive to join the sporadic waves of other Butler fans traveling independently.