The WKU athletic department was active in the Bowling Green community during the summer as a part of Hilltoppers With Heart, WKU Athletics' official community service program.
United Way Day of Caring (Complete Release)
On Wednesday, July 25, Western Kentucky University athletics joined hundreds of other volunteers in the Bowling Green community in the fourth annual United Way Day of Caring. Over 150 student-athletes, coaches and staff from throughout WKU athletics took part in the Kid's Sports Clinic held at the Bowling Green Boys and Girls Club. The volunteers split up into morning and afternoon shifts, and took part in a wide variety of activities from board games, to kickball, to reading books and playing video games. This marks the second straight year that the athletics department has taken part in the Day of Caring. In fact, the 2011 event was the inaugural project for Hilltoppers with Heart.
Stuff the Bus
The seventh annual "Stuff the Bus" event started on July 19th. Local radio personality Tony Rose lived on a school bus for several days as he collected school supplies for area children. Representatives from the volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball and soccer teams were among those that stopped by. In addition, various administrators stopped by, including athletic director Todd Stewart. In all, over $100,000 of supplies were collected, saving area children an estimated $1,000,000. The supplies weighed 7.5 tons.
"The support of the WKU family can't be matched," said Rose. "Be proud Hilltopper Nation, thanks to you there will literally be thousands of kids this year who will walk in on the first day of school on the same playing field as other kids."
Stand for Children Day [Football] (Complete Release)
The 15th annual Community Education "Stand For Children Day" took place on Wednesday, June 20 at Bowling Green Ballpark, as hundreds of kids flooded the concourse and baseball field taking part in games and various activities throughout the day. Aside from regular chaperones, many kids were treated with the opportunity to hang out with WKU football players, as numerous players led groups of kids through different booths, playing games and talking with the children. Players spent more than two hours at Bowling Green Ballpark meeting with kids and taking part in activities. The event was free to the public and open to all families and children in the Bowling Green community.
The men's basketball team visited with young people from the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program at a June visit to the Beach Bend Water Park.
Head coach Travis Hudson participated in the recent Relay for Life event by sitting in the dunking booth.