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Hilltopper athletes serve community during spring semester

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Athletics jumped into the spring season with hearts ready
to serve. Even with midterms on the horizon, the Hilltoppers still found ways to fit
community service into their schedule.

WKU Football has been busy serving in the spring semester. The team has found itself
helping in multiple elementary schools in the past several weeks. Quarterback Mike
White spoke to some of the youngest leaders in Bowling Green at Bristow Elementary’s
Leadership Luncheon. Several Hilltoppers showed up to support the Special Olympics
Basketball Tournament in February at Moxley Community Center. WKU Football,
Softball, Baseball and Volleyball were out in full force at Jesus Prom, a dance to
celebrate those in the Bowling Green community with special needs. Athletes danced
the night away with their dates at this memorable gathering.

Hilltoppers also had a great time serving and celebrating Read Across America Day, a
day to honor Dr. Seuss and his love for reading. WKU Football visited elementary
schools around the city along with the Kidz Club, a daycare for children who are
medically fragile. After their celebration of reading, the Hilltoppers could go
outside for recess and play with the kids.

In addition to WKU Football, the Hilltopper Basketball team made time to serve in
the community after its season ended. A few of the players spoke encouraging words
to a youth basketball league and stayed to cheer on the teams. WKU Basketball also
teamed up with Lady Topper Volleyball and WKU Football to spend time with Life
Skills Inc., a care service in Bowling Green supporting people with mental illness,
addiction or intellectual disabilities. The squads were happy to shoot hoops in E.A.
Diddle Arena, take pictures, and spend time with their friends from Life Skills Inc.

Hilltoppers With Heart, sponsored by Passport Health Plan, was founded in 2011 and
is designed to give WKU student-athletes, coaches and staff the unique opportunity
to make an impact in the community by volunteering time and talent with numerous
organizations including United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs, local schools and many
more.

Passport Health Plan is a provider-sponsored, non-profit, community-based Medicaid
health plan that has been contracted with Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family
Services to administer Medicaid benefits since 1997. Medicaid members can choose
Passport to be their health care provider, and as of June 27, 2016, there are nearly
17,000 Passport members living in Region 4, which includes Warren County and the
campus of Western Kentucky University.

Some Spring Community Involvement Events
-Special Olympics Basketball Game
-Special Olympics Valentine’s Day
-Curbside Ministries
-Brave Hearts, benefitting Norton Children’s Hospital
-Warren County Food Distribution
-Jesus Prom
-Harley Davidson Chili Cookoff
-Life Skills Basketball
-Upward Basketball Games
-Big Red’s Readers

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