The experience that can be seen on the campus of Western Illinois University is a proud one. WIU is located in Macomb, IL. Macomb is home to 20,000 people. Those 20,000 people have been going to WIU sporting events for years. They give Leatherneck athletics the drive and passion to be better. They make WIU what it is. A fun, and exciting place to enjoy sports. The experience can be described in so many ways. Devin Christmon, whom I interviewed for this story had this to say.
The biggest thing Devin said was how different Western has been from his high school experiences. He also described how difficult it is to get an interview with players here at WIU. In my experience with that, I’d say the same thing. High school and college are two very different places. Although I will say this. Their is a learning curve, and it can be met with hard work, and a lot of work.
Devin also talked about his time in the pep band and what it meant for him to be able to travel with the women’s basketball team to the summit league tourney, and what it honor it was. That is one of the many things you can experience here at WIU if you are a student here. There are numerous opportunities that can be achieved if you set your goals properly.
Above is my audio story also using Devin and his interview of WIU experiences. I added some music and sound effects to bring the story to life. None the less, he also thought the women’s team doing what they did in 2017 was great for the program. It was exactly what any team needs. A huge boost for a run like they had will make any school look so much better. And that adds to the experiences that fans will have for years to come. Teams will get better, and the experience gets better with them.
The final thing that was discussed was how the football team had been doing in the past to impress the students and the fans during the fall. Devin described the players that have graduated and made NFL teams in recent years, and how that’s impacted his views on the team itself. When you have young men from this college go on to a platform like the NFL and represent Western Illinois, it adds to that experience completely. It gives you a reason to go out and support the team even more. 5,000 people show up on game day every Saturday when WIU plays at historic Hansen Field every year. Even more people watch on ESPN3, another thing Mr. Christmon described as one of the many benefits of being a sporting broadcasting major here at Western Illinois.
Regardless, there are numerous ways to experience WIU sports no matter what you do with your time as a student or as a citizen of Macomb. It is up to you to decide if its going to be great or not. Below you will find a slideshow of pictures I have taken recently.