Five WKU athletic teams were active in the Bowling Green community in the month of September as a part of Hilltoppers With Heart, WKU Athletics' official community service program.
The WKU baseball team volunteered at the 10th Annual Adopt-A-Thon on September 29 at Bowling Green Ballpark. The Adopt-A-Thon is the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society's largest annual fundraiser, and the 2010 Adopt-A-Thon resulted directly or indirectly in 193 animals receiving loving homes and raised closed to $20,000 in donations, pledges and corportate sponsorships.
This year the focus of the Adopt-A-Thon was on the adoption of the animals currently in the shelter, public awareness of the importance of spay/neuter to reduce the number of unwanted animals and raising funds to continue to operate the no-kill adoption center.
On September 22, the Lady Topper basketball team went to the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society with supplies purchased through donations. In addition to bringing supplies, the team helped walk the dogs and clean pets and cages.
On September 10, the WKU softball team worked with the Special Olympics. The team helped conduct the softball team skills competition held in conjunction with their annual tournament. The players manned stations that focused on fielding, throwing, baserunning and hitting. They served as announcers, scorekeepers and on-the-field skill volunteers. The highlight of the day was handing out medals at the awards ceremony.
The softball team also collected 210 canned goods for the North American Food Drive in a separate community outreach event.
Swimming & Diving
The WKU swimming and diving teams continuing giving free swimming lessons at the Preston Center on the campus of Western Kentucky University, a tradition that began 42 years ago. An estimated 12,000 people have learned how to swim thanks to the WKU swimming and diving teams. The lessons are taught one-on-one with a WKU swimmer in half-hour time blocks.
Track & Field
The WKU track and field teams serve lunch to the homeless every Friday at the Salvation Army at 400 West Main Avenue in Bowling Green. They also wash dishes and clean up after the meal.