Predators, Titans aid in Nashville storm recovery

How Titans, Predators are assisting with tornado clean up in Nashville (1:02)

Turron Davenport discusses how the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators are assisting the city in the cleanup after it was struck by a tornado. (1:02)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After tornadoes hit multiple areas in and around Nashville late Monday night and very early Tuesday morning, the city's sports teams are working to help the community recover.

Starting at 11 a.m. CT Tuesday, the Nashville Predators opened the doors of Bridgestone Arena to those who lost their homes and have no place to do something as simple as sit down to eat a meal.

The Tennessee Titans are donating $1 million to tornado relief efforts, and the NFL Foundation will make a $250,000 contribution to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and work with local schools to assess needs for football field repair and equipment replacement.

"We are so encouraged about the amount of charity people have shown in the aftermath of Monday night's tragedy," Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said. "As leaders in the community, we want to lend our help to this cause of healing and rebuilding. Together we will help our neighbors through this long and difficult process. We are hopeful that others will join us in supporting this effort any way they can."

Former Predators owner Craig Leipold, who now owns the Minnesota Wild, donated $25,000 to help relief causes. The Wild as an organization donated $25,000 as well.

Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan and former linebacker Will Compton teamed with a local apparel company to promote "Nashville Strong" T-shirts with the proceeds going directly toward helping the families affected by the tornado and efforts to rebuild the city. Lewan and Compton have also joined forces with local restaurants to provide food for those in need.

Also, Titans safety Kevin Byard told ESPN that he will pool resources through his foundation to help those affected, and cornerback Logan Ryan teamed with local animal rescue organizations to provide relief for families that have pets.

Vanderbilt University reported that there was no damage to its campus. Football coach Derek Mason pledged that the school's athletic department "will do all that we can to help" those affected by the storms.

School closings Tuesday due to damage caused by the tornadoes led to the cancellation of a community event that was to feature Titans coach Mike Vrabel and players Isaiah Mack, Brett Kern and Byard.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to those families who lost loved ones in the tornadoes last night and are heartbroken to see the damage across Nashville and Tennessee," Titans controlling owner Amy Adams-Strunk said in a statement Tuesday. "We know the strength of our community and the Volunteer spirit that lives in us all. We will join the efforts to re-build in these areas and know our neighbors will join us."

The tornadoes caused 48 structures to collapse, according to the Nashville Fire Department. Windows were blown out and power lines were down in the Germantown area along with East Nashville, Donelson, Mount Juliet and Middle Tennessee.

Nashville Electric Company reported that 47,000 customers are without power. The death toll has reached 24, and there are people who are still missing.

A March 4 story on ESPN.com incorrectly listed the amount of money former Predators owner Craig Leipold, who now owns the Minnesota Wild, donated to relief causes. Leipold, and the Wild organization, each donated $25,000.