• Tiffany Rigby

Kayla Harrison raised money for Surfside victims

Two time Olympic gold medalist turned mixed martial artist appealed to fans after a first round victory last week to donate to the victims of the condo collapse in Surfside, Florida. She is raising the money through her charity The Fearless Foundation.


Kayla Harrison, a former judo world champion who took home gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games was being interviewed in the middle of the ring after she defeated Cindy Dandois in the first round with an arm bar submission.

During the interview, after warning her Professional Fighters League competitors that she was coming for the throne, she turned and told the audience to donate to the Champlain Towers South collapse victims. "I encourage you guys to go and donate to the survivors," she said. "It’s a little bit of a tragedy here in our own country, so I encourage you all to donate, give what you can, and do your part."

Harrison is asking for donations to her charity, the Fearless Foundation, which normally works to help survivors or sexual abuse. The donations will be given to two charities in support of the Surfside victims The charities are Surfside Hardship Fund and the Shul of Bal Harbour Central Emergency Fund.

Harrison did not immediately have an estimate about how much she had raised but said she hoped to hand over at least $20,000. Harrison donated $5,000 herself and said the PFL donated another $10,000.

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