Xavier athletes collecting donations for Hurricane Maria victims

Xavier athletes collecting donations for Hurricane Maria victims (WKRC)

EVANSTON, Ohio (WKRC) - The women on Xavier's volleyball team work together on and off the court.

For this practice, Laura Grossman has to sit out. She recently sprained her ankle and she has a lot on her mind.

"I have family all over, but like my mom and my grandparents are in Puerto Rico," said Laura.

Initially, Laura didn't think that the hurricanes would be that bad, but when the images finally started to come in, reality sank in. Her family's homes have been damaged and things are worse for others.

"Seeing people homeless right now and having to go to shelter for a few days or even some people that were told that they weren't at risk for flooding and the house flooded and they had to go to the top of the roof just to wait for rescue. Everything just breaks my heart," Laura said.

The volleyball team has rallied around Laura as she raises awareness about the devastation caused by the hurricanes. She has been posting images on Facebook and other social media to let people know how bad it is.

Her coach says Laura has spearheaded most of the efforts to help and she's so impressed by the college junior.

"One of the things that we are doing is trying to make Cincinnati aware to see if people coming to our game tomorrow can bring items, help us out. So it's all over social media of what to bring," said Coach Christy Pfeffenberger.

The volleyball team will collect donations for the survivors. They are hoping that people remember that there are many survivors who desperately need help.

"It makes me happy that people do care about my home and what's happening. It gives me hope that things might be okay," Laura said.

The other student with family in Puerto Rico is on the men's tennis team. Alejandro Rodriguez-Vidal and the tennis players will be at the volleyball game to help collect the donations and raise awareness. The game starts at 5 p.m. at the Cintas Center.

If you cannot make it and would still like to help out click this link.

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