Bowling Green, Ky. — An Atlanta couple who has made several leadership gifts to Western Kentucky University basketball has made a new commitment of $375,000 to the program.
According to Dr. Wood Selig, WKU’s director of athletics, Steve and Margaret Eaton have given or pledged a total of $600,000 for the program during the last eight years.
Steve Eaton (’72) was a Hilltopper basketball player during his tenure at WKU and was a member of the 1971 Final Four team. “Margaret and I are pleased to be a part of WKU men’s basketball,” Eaton said. “Under the new leadership of Ken McDonald, we look forward to building on a very proud tradition and seeing new levels of achievement reached. At a time when so many University initiatives are enjoying success, it is exciting to be a Hilltopper.”
Selig said the Eatons have historically provided both scholarship and programmatic support for Hilltopper basketball. “Steve and Margaret Eaton have significantly assisted our men’s basketball program in its ability to compete among the nation’s elite,” he said. “While we certainly have a history of outstanding performance, there is a tremendous correlation between resources and success. This gift will make a significant difference in the basketball future at WKU.”
McDonald said Steve Eaton has been “an incredible men’s basketball supporter from day one. I met Steve while on staff as an assistant at WKU 10 years ago, and now I’m privileged to work alongside him. As a highly successful player and businessman, I truly believe he understands how important teamwork is and shares our vision for operating a consistent top-25 program. WKU is extremely fortunate to have Steve and Margaret Eaton as part of our team.”
This newest commitment comes just one month after WKU announced nearly $395,000 in new gifts and pledges from seven leading donors to Hilltopper basketball, bringing the total new commitments to $770,000.