Iowa Hawkeyes

Athletic donations include limo and bus rides

LimoLink of Marion provided $48K in rides in two years

Iowa Hawkeyes football team bus arrives at The National September 11 Memorial in New York City on Monday, Dec. 25, 2017.  (Manish Gosalia/The Gazette)
Iowa Hawkeyes football team bus arrives at The National September 11 Memorial in New York City on Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. (Manish Gosalia/The Gazette)

Athletic boosters have donated limo rides and bus trips to University of Iowa and Iowa State University sports programs in recent years.

LimoLink Incorporated, a chauffeur service headquartered in Marion, donated $48,442 worth of rides to various UI sports from Aug. 1, 2016, through July 30, 2018, UI records show.

Most of the LimoLink records provided by the UI include a range of dates, such as from March 1, 2018, to March 30, 2018, and list “car service/various cities” with the rides used by “various sports,” which makes it impossible to tell which teams benefited from the donations, how often and where the services were provided.

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One record says the company provided $160 in services in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 27, 2016. That time coincides with the run-up to the 2017 Outback Bowl, where the Iowa Hawkeyes played the Florida Gators.

LimoLink’s website says it works with chauffeurs in more than “300 markets in 65 countries and six continents.” The company did not return calls for comment.

Windstar Lines, a charter bus service based in Carroll, donated bus service worth $28,133, to take ISU coaches, student-athletes and spirit squad members on Tailgate Tours in 2017 and 2018, records show.

The 2018 tour was scheduled for May 14-16 and May 21-23 and stopped in Ottumwa, Bettendorf, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, Grinnell, Waterloo, Templeton, Sioux City, Sioux Falls, Okoboji, Humboldt and Clear Lake, according to ISU.

As with all in-kind gifts, these donations are tax deductible.

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