Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) – The Vols saw a victory against Georgia on Tuesday night, following a tragedy for one of their own. Playmaker Zakai Zeigler’s New York home burned down on Saturday.
The family launched a GoFundMe on Wednesday afternoon to help with the recovery, which the university has backed. The fundraiser reached its goal of $50,000 in less than an hour.
Zeigler’s family lives in Queens and thankfully his mother was able to make it to the game, despite losing the house. Coach Rick Barnes spoke about the postgame loss to Tennessee, saying Zeigler was significantly affected.
“When I saw him on Sunday it looked like he hadn’t been in bed all night and he even said he was up until five or six in the morning. Think about it, he loves his family, he loves his mum to death and his dad,” Barnes said. “They lost everything and I actually asked him ‘what about you?’ He said “I have what I have here, Coach”, but he was obviously very concerned about his mother and his family. He’s been through a lot but he never shows his emotion, but today he did.
Tennessee won the game against Georgia, 75-68.
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