Wildcat head coach Kathy Allen was not surprised by her team’s generosity. Senior captains Brooke Allen and Christina Delladio pitched the idea of joining the University’s fundraising efforts by giving $1,000 they earned from hosting junior volleyball tournaments. Their teammates immediately responded with resounding approval and presented a check to Baker President Pat Long.
On the recruiting trail, Coach Allen looks for prospective students with outstanding character and leadership traits.
“I was extremely proud of our players’ decision to donate the funds they raised and give back to their own university,” said the Wildcat head coach, whose team finished 26-11 overall and a perfect 9-0 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference regular season. “Giving back to communities and Baker comes naturally to our team. We recruit players who are good people and have a good sense of what our mission is about.”
Allen understands the benefits of having a quality facility devoted to science education. Former players have studied several years on the Baldwin City campus, particularly Mulvane Hall, to complete their prerequisites before moving on to Baker’s School of Nursing in Topeka. Other players are interested in career paths that rely on science education, such as prephysical therapy and exercise science, and several have aspirations of attending medical school.
“Our team wanted to leave a legacy and is proud to be a part of this special project for the University,” Allen said.