Athletics News
Banquet Approaches for Redbird Seniors
Redbird senior Matt Bolt
Redbird senior Matt Bolt

April 25, 2007

NORMAL, Ill. - The annual senior banquet serves as the culmination for Illinois State senior student-athletes. The 2007 class will be honored at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2 in Redbird Arena, to recognize all the accomplishments and accolades the class achieved as Redbirds.

The 70-plus seniors combined for more than 600 victories, 10 conference championships and 13 trips to post-season play. Among the group, there are also three conference players of the year, 37 all-conference selections and four all-Americans.

This group has also been busy in the classroom and community. During their tenure, Redbird Athletics has experienced exceptional academic success and over the last nine semesters, more than 60 percent of this class has appeared on the AFNI Athletics Honor Roll during each semester. This class helped set a department grade point average record with a 2.99 GPA and completed more than 2,000 community service hours in each of the last two academic school years.

Associate Athletics Director for Development Aaron Leetch values the event as the collegiate careers for ISU student-athletes draw to a close.

"This is a great event at Illinois State," Leetch said. "The student-athletes get a real sense of the Redbird tradition that comes full circle from their first event on campus with the Walk of Champions. Not only do the student-athletes complete their medallion, but the evening also provides a look back on all the championships, records and milestones that were reached. The event also emphasizes that every ISU student-athlete is, and will always be, a member of the Redbird family."

WMBD Sports Director and Illinois State graduate Kurt Pegler will again serve as the emcee for the event. Former men's basketball player and the record holder for multiple rebounding milestones in ISU history Ron deVries will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.

deVries was a three-year letterwinner at Illinois State from 1972-74 and inducted into the ISU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1978. He shares the school record for most rebounds in a game (24) and is the school record holder in rebounds in a season (373) and career (1,033). The 1974 all-America selection is the only player in school history to have over 1,000 career rebounds. He was drafted in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1974 NBA draft and was a sixth round selection by the Indiana Pacers in the ABA Draft.

To attend the event, tickets are $25 per person and must be ordered by Friday. For more information, please call 309/438-3636.