Leatherneck Athletics Partners with Western Illinois Libraries for ‘Baskets for Books’

Western Illinois Athletics and Western Illinois Libraries are partnering on a 'Baskets for Books' initiative to help raise money for new books at Western Illinois University.

"The University Libraries is pleased to partner with Athletics on this initiative to strengthen academic resources on campus," said Dean of the Library Michael Lorenzen. "We appreciate the support."

Participants are asked to make a pledge for every three-point basket made at men's and women's home basketball games during the 2015-2016 season. Then in March of 2016, they will receive an invoice from the WIU Foundation for the final pledge amount based on the total number of three-point baskets made at home games. Last year, each team made roughly 100 three-pointers during their home schedues.

"Leatherneck Athletics is pleased to partner with the University Libraries on the "Baskets for Books" initiative," said Interim Director of Athletics Matt Tanney. "We regularly advocate academic excellence among our student-athletes, so to contribute toward the University's core values for all WIU students is a logical fit. Providing the highest quality resources to educate our students is integral to the institution's mission, and is fully supported by the athletics."

If you are interested in supporting 'Baskets for Books', contact WIU Libraries Development Director Suzanne Woodward at (309) 298-2356.