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Coach helps move kids attending basketball camp to safety during tornado

PLATTEVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - Now that the tornadoes are gone, we're starting to hear heroic stories from the Monday night storms.

At UW-Platteville, about 150 youngsters at a basketball camp were moved to safety before the roof of their dormitory was damaged.

Athletic director Mark Molesworth tells the Wisconsin State Journal that coach Jeff Gard was at his comuter when he heard a noise and saw a tornado get closer. Gard then woke up the youngsters -- ages 8 to 17 -- and they moved to an interior room.

When the twister hit, it caused heavy damage to the roof of the Roundtree Commons dorm. Other youngsters were attending pre-college, band, and engineering camps when they were taken to shelters.

They were then sent home, as the camps were canceled at that point. Five buildings at UW-Platteville were damaged -- including the football and soccer stadium where bleachers were twisted.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)