Illinois State club sports are banding together for the first annual Clubs that Care event, which will begin this week.
The event consists of a Red Cross blood drive and a week-long food drive, the proceeds of which will be distributed to food banks around the Bloomington-Normal area.
Giving back to the community has always been an important part of the ISU club sports program.
“Being involved in things like this allows our student athletes to become great citizens while engaging in the community,” club sports coordinator James Wayne said.
Although each club has held charitable events individually in the past, this will be the first time the entire program will come together for this event.
“Being a part of this team is not all about games and goals,” ISU head hockey coach Brian Corley said. “It’s about [the players] developing themselves as people and helping the community.”
As a part of its charitable work with the community, the hockey team held a teddy bear toss in October of 2013 and collected over 400 teddy bears to be donated to the “Toys for Tots” foundation.
The members of the women’s basketball team also enjoys giving back, as they volunteered at a local school during the Junkaroo Jam on the Grand Bahama Island last year.
“You don’t realize how much of an impact you have around and outside of Bloomington-Normal until you volunteer,” ISU women’s basketball player Chloe Nelson said.
The blood drive is open to the public and will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Monday Feb. 24 in the Bowling and Billiards Center.
The Stuff the Van food drive began Monday, Feb. 17 and will end this Friday, Feb. 28 in the Student Fitness Center lobby. Student can help load the food into the van from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday Feb. 28 on the Quad.