Awareness Day Set for Saturday at Pearl Field

April 5, 2013

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa softball team’s `Awareness Day’ will take place Saturday at Pearl Field when the Hawkeyes host Nebraska at 5 p.m. in the second game of a three-game set.

During the year, the team has been working with different organizations in the Iowa City community.

Two to three student-athletes worked with respective organizations. Chelsea Lyon, Megan Blank and Sammi Gyerman teamed up to work with the Iowa City Animal Shelter, while Sam Valentine and Shayla Starkenburg worked to bring awareness to Autism.

Kayla Massey and Holly Hoffman, one of Iowa’s pitcher-catcher duos, have been working with the Veteran’s Hospital. Bradi Wall, Nikki Gentile and Whitney Repole teamed up to support Miracles in Motion.

Johnnie Dowling, Steviee Grove and Micaela Whitney have been working with the Ronald McDonald House, and Mallorree Grove, Brianna Luna and Haley Hansel worked with Iowa City Hospice.

Ashley Akers, Brittanee Grove and Krystal Shirrell worked with The Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP), and Michelle Zoeller, Tor Hawley and Erin Erickson supported the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Fans can bring donations to the park for the respective organizations: Iowa City Hospice (blank CDs, trial size lotion, stress balls, fleece fabric), Iowa City Animal Care Center (little furry mice toys, used comforter blankets, 1 gallon size Ziploc bags), Veteran’s Hospital (non-perishable food items, socks, t-shirts, bottled water, sun screen, bug spray, rain ponchos), Ronald McDonald House (household paper products, laundry detergent) and Miracles in Motion (horse treats). No monetary donations can be accepted.