Athletics News
UPDATED: Redbird Athletics Collects Bottled Water For Washington, Ill.; Helping Hands

November 19, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - In an effort to assist with the relief efforts of the devastating tornado-related damage in Washington, Ill., the Illinois State Athletics Department will be collecting bottled water and monetary donations for the victims affected by the recent severe weather at the men’s and women’s basketball games this week.

Wednesday, Nov. 20, the men’s basketball team will take on Manhattan, starting at 7:05 p.m. while Saturday afternoon, Nov. 23, the women’s basketball team will play against Colorado State at 4:05 p.m. Both games will be held at Redbird Arena.

One hour before tipoff of each game, Redbird football players will be available to assist with bottled water transportation into the arena, at all entrances. Fans that bring a case of water will receive free admission into the game where the bottled water is donated. Donations at men’s basketball will equal one free upper bowl ticket, whereas one general admission ticket will be distributed for donations made at the women's basketball game.

Fans unable to bring bottled water to the game still have the opportunity to help by giving the suggested donation amount of $5, to go toward bottled water purchases made by ISU Athletics. The financial donation table will be located on the Redbird Arena concourse, behind section B. All donations must be cash only. When needed, change will be available. Free admission will not be granted for cash-only donations.

If fans wish to donate bottled water outside of each game, they are encouraged to make donations directly to the Red Cross or another relief organization.

Individuals wishing to help, but who are unable to attend the Redbird basketball games, are encouraged to make donations to the local Red Cross chapter online at, by phone at 1-800-RED-CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, by mailing checks to One Westport Ct., located in Bloomington, Ill., payable to the American Red Cross of the Heartland. Checks must include disaster relief or Illinois tornadoes in the memo section to guarantee donations will be distributed to recently affected areas. 

If a group or organization would like to raise money for disaster relief, contact Kendra Henson at  

Each game will also serve as ISU Athletics’ annual Helping Hands Night, where fans can bring in two non-perishable food items to be donated to the Clare House food pantry, located in Bloomington, Ill., and receive one free admission into the game. In order to receive free admission into the arena for food donations, fans must enter through the North or East doors.

Sunday, Nov. 17, the town of Washington, Ill., was greatly affected by the EF-4 tornado. According to ABC 7 Chicago News, roughly 250 to 500 buildings were damaged or destroyed, and about 120 people were injured, as a result of the estimated 170 to 190 mile an hour winds that passed throughout the Central Illinois region that afternoon.

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