IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa women’s wrestling and volleyball have teamed up to help support the people of Hawaii that have lost everything in the fire through a donation drive.
Makawao, Hawaii, native, Nanea Estrella from women’s wrestling spearheaded an online donation drive through Sept. 6 to help the people where she grew up.
“My home and community have faced a tragedy, but it means so much to me that my new community in Iowa is stepping up and helping out in every way they can,” Estrella said. “Thank you, Iowa Athletics and Hawkeye fans!”
Online donations can be made through the link at the top on the page and physical items can be dropped off at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and Iowa Book and Supply.
“One of our own was directly impacted by the fires in Lahaina and it means so much that the University of Iowa and the athletic department is supporting the efforts to give back to the community that was devastated,” Iowa head women’s wrestling coach Clarissa Chun said. “It shows a strong sense of community beyond just athletics here at Iowa, and it makes me proud to be a Hawkeye.”
The Iowa volleyball program joined Estrella’s efforts by accepting donations at Xtream Arena during Fryfest on Sept. 1 and before its home opener against Middle Tennessee State at 6 p.m. (CT).
“We hope Hawkeye Nation will join us in sending support to Hawaii,” Iowa volleyball head coach Jim Barnes said. “We have strong connections with the people from that area and want to send our support to them to assist in their recovery process. Please, join us.”