The HERkys community celebrates the rich history and tradition of women’s athletics at the University of Iowa and are committed to providing opportunities for female student-athletes – empowering the next generation of Hawkeye Leaders.



Enhancing the visibility of our female student-athletes, and programs. Highlighting their experiences and providing resources to help them succeed as female leaders while at the University of Iowa and in the future.


Creating opportunities for our community of student-athletes, coaches, letterwinners, contributors and community leaders to come together and interact, celebrate, learn and network at sporting events, fundraising dinners, webinars, educational events, etc.


Providing opportunities for our Hawkeye women to pursue excellence, and grow as students, contributors and athletes, leaders, and women during their time at Iowa – preparing them for success now and in their time after the University of Iowa.


A national pioneer and voice in the fight for gender equity in athletics.



Serving for almost 40 years in intercollegiate athletics, including my time as a two-sport Division I student-athlete, I understand and appreciate the value of participation in sports for girls and women. Without these opportunities, I would not be where I am today. While the competitive and career opportunities for young women have grown exponentially, there’s still much work to do. 

I take great responsibility in carrying on the work of the countless women that have come before me and paying forward opportunities for young women and girls. As a professional woman, if I am not willing to support, lead, guide, and direct how can I ask others to support the HERkys mission?

We cannot do this alone. Now more than ever, we need your help! The opportunities for you to support Iowa Women’s Athletics are endless. Endowments, scholarship, and facility enhancements are just three areas
where your investment would directly impact the life of a young woman and their program.

Help us sustain our proud history for the long term. Consider investing in Iowa Women’s Athletics today!

-Barbara Burke

Support HERkys Today!

"If people have the opportunity to be exposed to women’s athletics in a way like is happening with HERkys and HERkys’ Voice, they’ll be hooked. If they then find they enjoy watching and appreciate the opportunities it’s providing these student-athletes, then support it. Show up at stuff or give back financially. Whatever they have the ability to do. It’s important for us to show support."

P. Sue Beckwith, Iowa Women’s Basketball Letterwinner and Athletics Supporter

"As a coach at the University of Iowa, I take great pride in creating an environment that is conducive to developing young, female student-athletes into incredible, confident and strong women leaders. Hawkeye Athletics create the perfect platform for young women to develop the athletic, communication and leadership skills necessary to help them through the rest of their lives. We are very grateful for all that the Athletic Department provides for that growth to occur. Go Hawks!"

Dave DiIanni, Iowa Women’s Soccer Head Coach



National Girls and Women in Sport Day Kid's Clinic

Date and registration information coming soon!


Will be at a home women’s basketball game in February

HERkys Hawk Walk Celebrating 50 Years of Title IX

Save the Date:
Saturday, May 7th, 2022


More info coming soon!

Celebrating 50 Years of Iowa Women's Athletics

Save the Date:
May 5th – 7th, 2023


More info coming soon!




For more information on HERkys or how to get involved, please contact our team:

(319) 467-3410