UH Hilo student-athletes help community end hunger

The students collected two barrels of food, which were delivered to UH Hilo’s on-campus food pantry.

Two students stand next to shelves of canned goods
Tennis players Gabriela Aguilar Lawlor and Santiago Di Loreto. Courtesy photo via Athletics.

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo student-athletes and the Hilo community teamed up to collect more than 200 items of food to donate to local families this holiday season.

Shelly Blunck in a red shirt
Shelly Blunck

“I am really grateful for the student-athletes’ willingness to jump in and help our community,” says Shelly Blunck, project coordinator. “They got the word out through social media, sharing it on each of their accounts. I was really proud of their efforts.”

As a part of the annual Pacific West Conference outreach, the UH Hilo Student-Athletes Advisory Committee (SAAC) organized collections the week prior to Thanksgiving at two Vulcan volleyball matches. SAAC organization features at least one student-athlete from each of the Vulcans’ 12 teams.

They collected two barrels of food, which were delivered to UH Hilo’s on-campus food pantry. Overall, the 12 colleges in the PacWest Conference donated 9,357 cans of food and raised more than $2,500 for their local food banks.

For the full story, visit the Hilo Athletics website.

Via UH System News.