KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — In classic Vol Nation fashion, Tennessee fans from across the country are coming together to support Zakai Zeigler and his family.

The beloved freshman point guard learned news on Saturday night of his family’s New York home being burned to the ground. While the family escaped safely, they lost everything in the process.

Immediately after hearing the news, Tennessee fans began efforts to aid Zeigler and his family.

The school has created a centralized GoFundMe for fans to donate to support the family.

The goal of the GoFundMe is exclusively for relief and recovery and can be found at

The GoFundMe was posted by the Tennessee basketball Twitter account at 3:18 p.m. and roughly 30 minutes later the $50,000 goal was met.

As of 6:00 p.m. the fundraiser has received more than 3,000 donations, collecting $186,000 for the Zeigler family.

Less than a day later, over $350,000 had been raised.

Zakai’s mom, Charmane Zeigler raises his 4-year-old, nephew with special needs. All of the vital accessibility equipment such as his wheelchair and splints were also lost in the fire.

Charmane traveled to Athens to see the Vols take on Georgia and is now looking for a way to relocate to Knoxville permanently.

While the Vols defeated the Bulldogs 75-68, head coach Rick Barnes described Zeigler as looking “overwhelmed.”

In a postgame press conference, Rick Barnes touched on the extremity of the emotions Zeigler had been experiencing since Saturday night.

“This was the first time we haven’t seen the Zakai that we have known since day one,” said Barnes. “When I saw him on Sunday he looked like he hadn’t been in bed all night, he said he was up until 5 or 6 in the morning.”

The 19-year-old Zeigler has quickly become a favorite amongst Vol fans. He ranks fourth in total minutes played among Tennessee players this season and third in total scoring. His 52 steals are second only to fellow freshman standout Kennedy Chandler for the most on the team.

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