The last few weeks have seen natural disasters strike Texas, the Caribbean, Florida, and especially Mexico. Two different earthquakes have ravaged the country, with the latest–a 7.1 magnitude quake in Mexico City–leaving over 200 people dead and many in need of help. At times like these, Mexicans are known to come together in order to help each other through thick and thin. From those who rushed into action in the moments after Tuesday’s earthquake, to those collecting supplies for victims, Mexico is springing into action.
This is true even in the world of sports and heated rivalries, something that was made clear in Guadalajara late on Tuesday. After the Copa MX match between Chivas and bitter rivals Atlas was cancelled due to the earthquake, videos began circulating on Twitter, showing fans of both teams together on the streets, collecting bottled water, canned food, and other supplies for victims.
On any other regular day, these sports fans would be hated enemies, but the differences in sporting allegiances were rightfully cast aside to help their fellow Mexicans. Similarly to how Tigres UANL players and the citizens of Monterrey banded together to help the Oaxaca region following the first earthquake on September 9, the show of solidarity and community shown by the Chivas and Atlas fans should serve to inspire hope within Mexico.
For more on how you can help the victims of the September 19 earthquake, please visit Topos’ website or read our piece on different ways to help.