UE Volleyball to assist in Hurricane Maria relief


Aces have several ties to Puerto Rico

 Head coach Manolo Concepcion, graduate assistant Melissa Rabell and student-athletes Joselyn Coronel and Mildrelis Rodriguez each have ties to Puerto Rico, which was severely impacted last week by Hurricane Maria.

The hurricane struck the island with winds in excess of 150 miles per hour and has had a devastating effect on the island.  Necessities such as food and supplies are in dire need in the island.  As a way of helping those who are so close to them, the Purple Aces volleyball team is holding a supply drive to assist those in need in Puerto Rico.

Collection boxes will be placed in the hallway of the Carson Center with supplies also being collected at the Aces’ matches next week.  Everything collected will be sent to the affected areas of the island.

Next week, the Aces are home to face Drake on Oct. 6 and UNI on the 7th.  The Panthers are 22nd in the latest NCAA national rankings.  Fans who bring a donation to the match will receive $2 off of their ticket.

Items in need include: cans of food, water, batteries, battery-operated items (ie. fans and radios), solar lamps, hand sanitizers and sanitizing wipes.

Those who are unable to donate directly to the Aces efforts can also do so through the Red Cross, which has a Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund.