Hilltoppers With Heart: Februrary 2013

Multiple WKU Athletic teams continue to be active in the Bowling Green community and beyond as a part of Hilltoppers With Heart, WKU Athletics' official community service program. Here are some of the highlights of the great things going with WKU Athletics in the community:

Complete photo gallery for February

In Feb. 9, the Volleyball team presented a check to Kela's Crew. A check in the amount of $4,649.94 was presented to the James Graham Brown Cancer Center on behalf of Kela Fee and all of the supporters of Kela's Crew. This brings the Kela's Crew six year total to $69,582.23 raised in the fight against cancer. For more information about Kela's Crew, click here. Money was raised thru individual donors as well as the following corporate sponsors: Hot Yoga of Bowling Green and Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar.

Kela's Crew was founded in the fall of 2005 after Dr. Kela Fee was diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer in 2004. She spent the next four years receiving numerous treatments locally, as well as, in Louisville. Dr. Fee lost her battle with cancer in December 2008. Throughout her struggle, Kela felt very strongly about raising funds toward research and clinical trials to find answers to this dreaded disease. Kela's wish is that all money raised be donated to the James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville, as they are one of the top clinical care treatment centers in this region.

Before the 65-63 win over ULM on Feb. 20, 2013, children from the Boys and Girls Club of Bowling Green visited with the team and coaching staff while receiving autographs in the team lounge. Complete photo gallery.

On Feb. 24, assistant men's basketball coach David Boyden participated in an Oreo eating contest for charity as part of the Hospice Chocolate Festival at the Convention Center.

On Feb. 28, the SAAC participated in a Teddy Bear Toss at the Men's Basketball game by collecting teddy bears at halftime. All of the teddy bears throw onto the court at halftime were donated to the Head Start program in Warren County. Head Start is a child development program serving three and four year old children from primarily income-eligible families.

In February, WKU Athletic administrators Craig Biggs and Lindsay Boyden visited South Warren High School to speak to the high school sports management classes. Biggs and Boyden discussed their jobs at WKU, WKU Athletic Marketing and Facilities.

From March 1 through April 13, WKU will host a food drive at all home softball and baseball games.

WKU Cheerleaders wore orange bows for a women's basketball game in February in recognition of Amanda Weir's fight with Leukemia as part of the Wear Orange for Amanda Campaign. Complete details of Amanda's fight are available here.

WKU was recently recognized by Toys for Tots for the first time for WKU Athletics' Toys for Tots campaign in December at basketball games. The recognition was noted on a plaque that is now on display in the Paul Just Media Center in E.A. Diddle Arena.

WKU Athletic coaches and athletes, including baseball coach Matt Myers, participated in Read Across America Month at Potter Gray School where players and coaches read to students.