UM Athletics Launches Canes United COVID-19 Relief Initiative

UM Athletics Launches Canes United COVID-19 Relief Initiative

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — University of Miami Director of Athletics Blake James announced today that UM Athletics has launched the Canes United COVID-19 Relief Initiative, to help the athletics department navigate the significant financial ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic and to position UM Athletics for future success.

More information can be found on the official website at

“We want to do everything that we can to minimize the impact of this pandemic on our student-athletes and their overall athletics, academic and cultural experiences at The U,” James said. “This initiative gives our supporters a chance to make an immediate difference in helping us to continue our mission of Building Champions. Like many schools, we are facing unprecedented challenges but I am confident that together, as Canes, we will come through stronger than ever.”

UM Athletics sponsors 18 varsity sports for more than 400 student-athletes. Hurricane Club members provide critical financial support for all of these UM programs and the Canes United COVID-19 Relief Initiative will help offset an athletics department shortfall expected in the tens of millions of dollars.

“The Canes United initiative is a top priority for the Hurricane Club in our mission to provide the absolute best experience for our student-athletes in spite of the challenges we are all facing,” Associate Athletics Director for Development Chris Cohen said. “We have some of the most passionate supporters in all of college athletics and we need everyone, now more than ever.”

With a minimum gift of $50 to the Canes United initiative now through the end of November 2020, Hurricane Club members can increase their priority within their tier for away games and postseason games for the 2021 football season, including the season opener against Alabama

Those interested in making a gift to the Canes United Initiative can visit or call the Hurricane Club at (305) 284-6699.