14 University of Iowa teams take part in annual Day of Caring

Athletes from 14 University of Iowa teams came together on Saturday to give back to local organizations helping the community.
Published: Apr. 23, 2023 at 10:49 PM CDT
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - Athletes from 14 University of Iowa teams came together Sunday to give back to local organizations helping the community.

It was part of the Iowa Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s 25th annual Day of Caring.

Armando Bryson a Junior on the Track & Field team said they were planting and putting mulch in different locations to improve the community and the surrounding neighborhoods.

“It takes a lot of really, really dedicated people within ISAAC (Iowa Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) and within the University of Iowa as a whole to put on an event like this,” Bryson said. “It’s great to see the track and field team really working as a team, and you know, doing this stuff when it’s 40 degrees outside, and stuff that people probably don’t want to do but kind of has to get done.”

The Women’s Basketball team volunteered at the Eastern Iowa Ronald McDonald House.

“This year is a little different we’re dealing with a team of celebrities a team of young women who did more for women’s basketball, University of Iowa athletics, women’s sports, I mean known to the whole world you know it’s these girls,” Eastern Iowa Ronald McDonald House CEO Shannon Greene said. “And for them to just be here and be humble and just pitch right in, dive in to all that we needed, it was really incredible.”

Sophomore Sarah Goodman with the Iowa women’s basketball team said events like this remind them that giving back to the people around you is so much more important than basketball.

“I mean, we felt the support all season long from the people in the community everywhere,” Goodman said. “We are so appreciative of that support and to be able to give that back even just a little bit, because we don’t give back as much as what they’ve done for us.”

Other teams that volunteered, and where they volunteered, are as follows:

Men’s Basketball - Abbe Community Mental Health Center

Women’s Basketball – Ronald McDonald House

Field Hockey – Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County

Football – Houses into Homes, Iowa City Free Lunch Program & HACAP

Men’s Golf – Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Johnson County

Gymnastics – Shelter House

Rowing – United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties

Soccer – The Arc of Southeast Iowa & Iowa City Free Medical Clinic

Spirit Squad – Domestic Violence Intervention Program & Rape Victim Advocacy Program

Swimming & Diving – University of Iowa Landscape Services

Track & Field – South of 6 Iowa City

Volleyball – University of Iowa Landscape Services

Women’s Wrestling – Table to Table

Men’s Wrestling – Grow Johnson County