Illinois State University student-athletes continue to use their platform to advocate for change.
On Friday student-athletes from the track and field and tennis teams organized a charity car wash in the Ace Hardware parking lot.
“We just sat back and saw that a lot of people in surrounding areas no matter where you are that there are underprivileged people,” track and field athlete Kyra Dalluge said. “As athletes we do have luxury at this school, and we wanted to give back to those that don’t have what we have.”
The event was organized by track and field athletes Aanise Sajna and Destiny White to support the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal and My Block, My Hood, My City in Chicago. It lasted from 2-5 p.m.
“After the student-athletes heard Larry Lyons say, ‘All Redbird lives matter’ I thought it would be nice for the athletes to give back to under resourced areas,” White said. “We are glad to have everyone come out. It is nice to see the athletes out here bonding; it is a great thing.”
Choosing the Boys and Girls Club was not difficult for ISU athletes.
“Illinois State University has such a big commitment to these organizations. They like to help kids to direct them into good direction in life,” senior tennis player Jelena Vujicic said. “Us athletes want them to know we are here for them.”
Turnout for the event was better than expected for event planners. Organizers ran out of supplies within the first hour.
“We hope to make as much money as possible to give to these causes, I believe are very beneficial,” Dalluge said. “I think since this one has been so successful that we probably will do some more in the future. But there are no plans for anything else right now.”