Indiana State University’s Jam the Bus project was a huge success this year with a total of 16,658 pounds of food collected, more than doubling the totals from 2011, and the Sycamore Student Athlete Advisory Committee played a major role in that effort. SAAC organized two events which contributed to the Jam the Bus project.
At the Indiana State/Illinois State football game on Saturday, November 3rd, SAAC teamed up with the ISU Union Board, Athletics, Catholic Charities and the American Red Cross to help out the local community as well as those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Twenty Sycamore student-athletes volunteered their time to collect food items and monetary donations outside Memorial Stadium prior to the game. Individuals who donated at least five pounds of food or made a monetary donation to the Red Cross for Hurricane victims received a free ticket to the game. The Terre Haute community and Sycamore fans had a wonderful response to the effort as appoximately 1800 pounds of food (six barrels) was donated to Catholic Charities while $2,350 was donated to the American Red Cross.
The second project was the annual SAAC/Athletics Food Drive which included the participation of two Vigo County School Corporation elementary schools with Fuqua and Dixie Bee. Combined, the two schools donated an estimated eight barrels of food. For the third straight year, Fuqua was the winning school and there was a tie for the top donating class. Mrs. Jacobs’ and Mrs. Yocum’s third-grade classes alone contributed a total of 848 cans! As a reward, these classes will have a special lunch with ISU student-athletes and will receive tickets to an ISU basketball game. A special thanks to Fuqua Principal, Mary Beth Harris and Dixie Bee Principal, Mika Cassell who were both a big help!