IOWA Magazine | 03-04-2019

One Day to Support Your Passion

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Hawkeyes prepare for 24 hours of giving to make an impact at the UI.

One Day for Iowa is your chance to make a difference at the University of Iowa.

On Wednesday, April 3, Hawkeyes around the globe will give back to the UI during the third-ever One Day for Iowa. Donations during this 24-hour online giving day benefit more than 60 UI colleges, schools, departments, programs, and areas around campus.

This annual event helps countless students, faculty, and staff, including Ryan Kearney, a marketing major and sport and recreation management minor from Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Support from last year's One Day for Iowa allowed Kearney to fulfill a childhood dream by taking part in a practicum last summer with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Ryan Kearney PHOTO COURTESY RYAN KEARNEY One Day For Iowa supports experiential learning opportunities for students such as Ryan Kearney (pictured), who recently completed a practicum with the Chicago Blackhawks.

"It was incredible to live in downtown Chicago and complete marketing research for my favorite sports team," says the UI sophomore, who ultimately wants to be a National Hockey League general manager. "While it was a busy few weeks, I will never forget that opportunity and am extremely grateful for it."

While at Iowa, Kearney also has worked for the Big Ten Network and met with executives from the Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts, and NCAA—opportunities that wouldn't be possible without support from One Day for Iowa.

"Because of the generosity of our supporters during last year's One Day for Iowa, we have offered new experiential learning scholarships to our students," says Dan Matheson, director of the UI's sport and recreation management program, which offers practicums each year in Chicago, San Diego, and Iowa. "These donations allow students to take part in practical experiences that could change the course of their futures."

During the first two years of One Day for Iowa, a total of 2,901 gifts—adding up to more than $3.1 million—have impacted Hawkeyes around campus. Limited-time challenge matches allow dollars raised during One Day for Iowa to stretch even further.

Beyond campus, these gifts also have helped the Tippie Young Alumni Board serve UI graduates. Private support helps the organization hold alumni events and grow a mentoring program that matches current students with young alumni in the city and career field that fit their interests.

"Tippie alumni want to give back through their time as volunteers, through their financial donations, or by sharing their talents with current students," says Ryan Baue (14BBA), finance committee chair for the Tippie Young Alumni Board. "One Day for Iowa helps the Tippie Young Alumni Board bring our community together and get young alumni involved."

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