UF raising money for Haiti at weekend hoops games

Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 1:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 1:56 p.m.

Gators United for Haiti, the University Athletic Association and the UF men’s and women’s basketball teams have joined forces to raise money for relief in Haiti.

Information tables and pledge sheets will be available at the O’Connell Center when the men’s basketball team takes on South Carolina at 6 p.m. Saturday and the women’s teams play at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Student members of Gators United for Haiti will be at the entrances to the O’Connell Center with pledge forms and at Alligator Alley (men’s game). The pledge forms are informational sheets about how to get involved in Haiti relief efforts and how to donate. No donations will be accepted at the games. Members of The American Red Cross International Response Fund, which is the overarching fund for the Haitian Relief Effort, will also be in attendance at the game to answer questions about the relief efforts in Haiti and how Gators fans can contribute.

Gators United for Haiti is a student-run philanthropic project, supervised and aided by UF administration. Their goal is to motivate students in the Gator Nation to raise $50,000 for Haiti relief efforts. All students and student organizations are invited to be a part of the philanthropic project. So far, more than 70 student groups have signed up to help, including VISA, Club Creole, Student Government, STAAR, United Haitian Students of Florida, CaribSA, Alpha Phi Alpha, Association of Black Communicators, EBL, Iota Phi Theta, Hope for Haiti, FACES Modeling Troupe and the Black Student Union.

The project continues to evolve, adding new student organizations and opportunities to donate daily. As of Tuesday night, the project had collected more than $6,000.

The University Athletic Association announced this week it will match, up to $50,000, what students from Gators United for Haiti raise.

For more information on Gators United for Haiti and for events where you can donate, please visit http://gatorsunitedforhaiti.org/ or join the Facebook group.

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