Tennessee sophomore Zakai Zeigler’s family moves into house bought by Vols fans

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There are a lot of stories about how college athletes make money, and a lot of controversy about whether it’s a good thing or not (the way it is). But there is no controversy about this story from Knoxville.

Sophomore point guard Zakai Zeigler and his family tragically saw their Long Island, New York home burned to the ground in February. Fast, Fat fans jumped to the rescue struggling family.

The GoFundMe page was originally created with the goal of making $50,000 and the page was properly built to comply with NCAA rules.

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Tennessee State defenseman Zakai Zeigler (5) passes the ball as he defends against East Tennessee State defenseman Jordan King (2) during an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, November.  February 14, 2021 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Tennessee State defenseman Zakai Zeigler (5) passes the ball as he defends against East Tennessee State defenseman Jordan King (2) during an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, November. February 14, 2021 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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Volunteer fans and people moved by the family’s history shattered the $50,000 goal and raised over $350,000 for the Zieglers.

Not only were the Zieglers able to buy a new home, the family moved from New York to Knoxville to be closer to Zakay as he continues his basketball journey. The video of their moving into the house was posted on Twitter and is worth your time:

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Alabama defenseman Javon Quinerley (13) makes his way inside against Tennessee defenseman Zakai Zeigler (5) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, December 12.  September 29, 2021 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Alabama defenseman Javon Quinerley (13) makes his way inside against Tennessee defenseman Zakai Zeigler (5) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, December 12. September 29, 2021 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
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Zakai also took to Twitter to express his gratitude to all the people who helped his family make this dream come true.

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Tennessee defenseman Zakai Zeigler (5) drives past Texas A&M defenseman Wade Taylor IV (4) during the first half of the NCAA men's college basketball championship in the Southeastern Conference on Sunday, March 13, 2022, in Tampa, Florida.

Tennessee defenseman Zakai Zeigler (5) drives past Texas A&M defenseman Wade Taylor IV (4) during the first half of the NCAA men’s college basketball championship in the Southeastern Conference on Sunday, March 13, 2022, in Tampa, Florida.
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Zeigler’s journey to Tennessee has been filled with peril and his perseverance is an inspiration to all. The same can be said about the love of Vols Nation. With so many negative stories in the press, it’s nice to take a moment to acknowledge that there are a lot of really good people in this great country.