MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois student-athletes, coaches and administration continued to give back to Macomb and the surrounding communities during the 2012-13 school year. Leatherneck Athletics donated a total of 2,411.6 hours of time and raised a total of $7,584.60 for various groups.
The Leatherneck family has now contributed more than 2,000 hours of its time to the community every year since 2005-06.
"WIU student-athletes and the Athletics staff are extremely committed to giving back to their campus and the surrounding Macomb community," Assistant Director of Athletic-Academic Services Claire Smalzer said. "In addition to all of our academic and athletic accomplishments this past year, our student-athletes have volunteered an immense amount of time and fundraising efforts. As a department, we are very proud of our student-athletes' dedication and investment in bettering society."
Just a few of the many events student-athletes participated in include: Relay for Life, Think Pink, Bowl for Kid's Sake, and others through Rocky's Reach. Rocky's Reach is part of the Athletics Department philosophy for student-athletes to give back to the community and individuals who are in need through a clearly defined program of service and develop the foundation of a lifelong commitment to volunteerism.
Football led the way for all athletic programs by donating 640.5 hours of time, followed closely by volleyball (499 hours), softball (420.75 hours) and women's basketball (232.5 hours).
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) also collected a record 7,172 pounds of food and $650 during the annual Summit League Food Fight held during two basketball games.