5th annual ‘Foos for Families’ returns to WIU this weekend

MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) – Western Illinois University will be home to fun and action this weekend as the 5th annual Foos for Families returns.

The Macomb Park District, the Center for Youth and Family Solutions (CYFS), members of the Macomb community, as well as members of Western Illinois University’s faculty and students have come together to plan the human foosball tournament.

The family-friendly event will take place Sunday, with all proceeds benefiting CYFS.

The event features teams of six to eight people, over the age of 14, playing on an enlarged foosball field. To register teams, visit the Macomb Park District website at macombparkdistrict.com. The cost per team is $40 per team.

“We’re excited that Campus Recreation has agreed to host again this year, so come snow, rain or shine, we’ll be playing,” Assistant Professor Jermey Robinett of the WIU Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) said. “The tournament will start at 2 p.m. Each team will have an opportunity to play at least two games. We’ll also have tailgate-style games, so there will be plenty to do while teams are waiting for their next match.”

Robinett said that representatives of each participating organization depend on their organizations’ strengths and resources to contribute to the success of the event.

“For example, the Macomb Park District provides promotional materials, a registration site and the equipment (staff at the Macomb Park District constructed the portable foosball courts), and because the CYFS is a non-profit organization, the event has non-profit tax status,” Robinett said. “CYFS staff also provide us with contacts and help from its friends and donors. WIU’s Campus Recreation Center is providing a home for the event so we don’t have to worry about the weather as much, and our students provide their labor and energy to infuse the event. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to apply the knowledge they were gaining in class to a practical, community-based activity.”

Carrie Depoy, youth, family and outreach supervisor for CYFS, said the event raises funds and awareness about the needs of families in the community.

“Specifically, this event helps us raise funds for items like school supplies, winter coats, activity fees, haircuts, hygiene products, cleaning items, fuel cards to attend counseling and many other everyday needs,” Depoy said.

For more information, visit the Foos for Families Facebook page  (facebook.com/FoosforFamilies).

The tournament will take place at WIU’s Campus Recreation Center.