Illinois State's Student-Athlete Advisory Council Trick-Or-Treats



October 29, 2012

NORMAL, Ill. - Bloomington-Normal’s trick-or-treaters won’t be limited to local grade schools this year, as Illinois State Athletics’ Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) plans to trick-or-treat for non-perishable food to donate to the Clare House on Halloween, from 5 to 8 p.m., around the local community.

Redbird SAAC members will be dressed in their ISU letterman jackets for their costumes as they trick-or-treat around the Bloomington-Normal community to homes with their outside porch lights still on. All the non-perishable items received will be donated to the local Clare House food pantry, with the hopes of helping stock the shelves for the upcoming holiday season.

Illinois State’s SAAC Community Service Officer Katie Jean knows how important taking the time out to collect food items for the Clare House will be for its efforts and all those who look to it for support.

“We wanted to do something to support the Clare House's annual food drive and the SAAC representatives came up with the idea of trick-or-treating for canned goods,” Jean said. “We're really excited to help out a great cause and I think it will be a really fun night for the student-athletes as well!”  

Illinois State fans that do not get a Redbird trick-or-treater, but still want to help, can do so by dropping off non-perishable food items to office No. 223 in Redbird Arena through Nov. 1. All food items will be taken to the Clare House Friday, Nov. 2. Weibring Golf Club is also collecting items for the Clare House through Nov. 19.

“The Redbirds are most known for interacting with young kids in the local schools. Reggie Reading and Recess Buddies have been a traditional and integral part of the student-athletes’ community service efforts,” Academic Coordinator Jen Madgiak explained. “Along with those traditional programs in place, SAAC continues to introduce new and interactive ways for the Redbirds to continue to make a positive impact on the hometown community that supports them through their collegiate athletic careers.”  

Redbird student-athletes completed over 2,100 community service hours during the 2011-12 academic school year and look to complete more throughout the 2012-13 school year.

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