MACOMB, IL – A fundraising event organized and run by a Western Illinois University Recreation Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) class raised more than $4,300 for the local office of the Center for Youth and Family Solutions (CYFS).
The fifth annual "Foos for Families" event, a human foosball tournament March 1 on campus, was organized by the event planning and management course, taught by Assistant Professor Jeremy Robinett. In addition to the event, a fundraising dinner and raffle was held at Chubby's, in downtown Macomb Feb. 26.
"It's incredible to see the learning that happens at this event," said Robinett. "Concepts we've talked about in class come alive as students coordinate and manage Foos. They get a richer sense of risk management, administration and how events have the capacity to positively impact communities. As we debriefed yesterday, they were able to specifically link their experiences at the event with concepts and shared stories about conversations they had with community members and other students. The event helps them see themselves not only as future event directors, but also as future community members."
Members of the Macomb Park District and CYFS staff also assisted with the event. Six teams took part in this year's tournament, which was won by Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Money raised through the event helps buy items for families in need in the area, specifically school supplies, winter coats, activity fees, haircuts, hygiene products, cleaning items and fuel cards to attend counseling.
For more information about the tournament, visit facebook.com/FoosforFamilies.