December 11, 2014
Members from 10 Western Illinois sports took part in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Macomb's annual Christmas party. The event, held on Sunday (December 7), involved games, face painting and baking cookies.
Organized by Lydia Smith (track and field) and with the help of the director of Big Brothers Big Sister of Macomb, 30 Leathernecks helped wrap presents and were handed out by Santa.
Members of Western Illinois' track and field, golf, tennis, softball, baseball, soccer, football and cheerleading programs were present as Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrated Christmas and made Christmas cards for the retirement home.
More than 600 pairs of gently used shoes were collected the past two weeks to be donated to the Native American Heritage Association (NAHA). The donated shoes were gathered as a part of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s “Share Your Sole” shoe drive. This year’s shoe drive effort doubled last year’s donation total.
SAAC set up donation boxes around campus and collected shoes at several athletic events throughout the month. The shoes will be sent to Blackhawk, S.D., in the coming weeks to be delivered to NAHA.