MSU-Vols, Hawai’i-Saint Mary’s games to aid Maui
Aug 30, 2023, 01:07 PM ET Michigan State will host Tennessee and Hawai’i will deal with Saint Mary’s in exhibit games to raise money for relief efforts in the after-effects of the deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than a century.Michigan State announced Wednesday that it will play the Volunteers on Oct. 29 at the Breslin Center and that all proceeds will be offered to the Hawai’i Community Structure Maui Strong Fund. Saint Mary’s will take a trip to Honolulu to deal with Hawai’i on Oct. 20, the team announced.Maui’s historic seaside neighborhood of Lahaina was devastated by a wildfire,
leaving more than 100 dead and an unknown variety of people missing.Editor’s Picks“It’s hard to put into words how we are all feeling for Maui and its tremendous community,” Hawai’i coach Eran Ganot stated
in a statement.”The destruction of the nation’s worst wildfire in more than 100 years has actually hit all of us, far and wide. Beyond our instant ideas and prayers, it has left us searching for ways we can help. … It’s been inspiring to see the full power of Hawai’i and our people during this catastrophe. We motivate all to continue to discover methods to support. “Michigan State has played in the Maui Invitational 5 times and is arranged to return to the tournament in 2024.”The Maui Invitational and the city of Lahaina
have actually always held an unique location in my heart,”Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.”The images we’ve all seen and the stories we’ve heard following the wildfires have actually touched numerous of us in the college basketball world and I know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been affected.”It is uncertain what the status is of this season’s Maui Invitational.”Our main concern right now is the security and wellness of our Maui ‘Ohana and the first responders that we understand are doing whatever in their power to keep the island safe,”a message continues reading the competition website. “We will share more details as it appears.”Tennessee hosted Michigan State in a scrimmage last year, and the programs previously planned to take on again this year. Recently, both coaches agreed to enable the general public to watch them play in a charity game.”While we definitely require to continue to wish the families in Maui who have been impacted, this advantage game will allow us to provide concrete assistance toward the repair of Maui and its lovely spirit,”Volunteers coach Rick Barnes said.Saint Mary’s coach Randy
Bennett, who mentored Ganot as an assistant coach for the Gaels, stated it was an “additional benefit for our team to help those in requirement.””The wildfires in Maui are an excellent catastrophe and we are grateful for the chance to help those in need through this game,”Bennett said.The Associated Press added to this report.