Athletics News
Water For Washington Recap
Pallets of water donated to Washington, Ill.
Pallets of water donated to Washington, Ill.

December 10, 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 collected bottled water and monetary donations, while partnering with other entities looking to assist, for the victims affected by the recent severe weather. The outpouring of support from the Bloomington-Normal community was astonishing, as water collections continued beyond the ISU Athletics basketball games.

Redbird Athletics collected a total of 1,565 cases of bottled water between case and water pallet donations, in addition to cash contributions. The large allotment of water was stored and transported by ISU Athletics corporate partner Bloomington-Normal Relocation North American Van Lines.

"We here at Bloomington Relocation were proud to assist Illinois State University with the transportation of supplies for the tornado victims of Washington, Ill.," said Operations Manager of Bloomington Relocation Systems Inc. Jordan McNamara. "The amount of items that were collected at the men's and women's basketball games, along with what was collected around campus was truly amazing."

Additional water totaling 44 pallets and other needed items collected by donation partners U-High, Central Catholic and Bloomington High Schools, along with Illinois State University's "Stuff the Bus" efforts, was also included in the donation and delivery to Washington, Ill.   

Without the help of the Bloomington-Normal community and fans from surrounding areas, the donations would not have been made possible, which is something Deputy Director of Athletics Aaron Leetch recognizes.

"I think our community acts as a community, and when people are in need, they step up and assist in any way that they can," said Leetch. "It's something that speaks to our Midwest values, and it's something that our student-athletes buy into; they want to help and provide support for anybody when they are in need."

Individuals wishing to help 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  

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. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.