Athletics News
Redbird Senior Student-Athlete Banquet to be Held April 29

April 16, 2009

NORMAL, Ill. - The annual ISU Credit Union Senior Student-Athlete Banquet serves as the culmination for Illinois State senior student-athletes, as each senior receives their completed medallion after being handed the first half at the Walk of Champions event which began their Illinois State career. The 2009 Redbird senior class will be honored at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 in Redbird Arena, to recognize all the accomplishments and accolades the class achieved during its time at Illinois State.

As a group, the 60-plus seniors combined for more than 600 victories, five regular-season conference championships, five conference tournament championships and 9 postseason appearances. In addition, among the senior class there are also three conference players of the year, six individual conference champions, 45 first-team all-conference selections and six All-America honors.

This group has also been busy in the classroom and community. During their tenure, Redbird Athletics has experienced exceptional academic success and over the last nine semesters, more than 60 percent of this class has appeared on the AFNI Athletics Honor Roll during each semester. This class helped set a department grade point average record with a 3.04 GPA and completed more than 2,000 community service hours in each of the last four academic school years.

Aaron Leetch, ISU's Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations, values the event as the collegiate careers for ISU student-athletes draw to a close.

"This continues to be a great event at Illinois State," Leetch said. "The student-athletes get a real sense of the Redbird tradition that comes full circle from their first event on campus with the Walk of Champions. Not only do the student-athletes complete their medallion, but the evening also provides a look back on all the championships, records and milestones that were reached. The event also emphasizes that every ISU student-athlete is, and will always be, a member of the Redbird family."

WMBD Sports Director and Illinois State graduate Kurt Pegler will again serve as the emcee for the event.

To attend the event, tickets are $25 per person and must be ordered by Monday, April 20. To purchase tickets, or for more information, please call 309/438-3634. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, TRC gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.