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Donate to Support the Hawks

To donate to Heartland Community College Athletics and become a member of the Hawks Club, please visit the Heartland Foundation, fill our your contact information, and make sure you select the "Athletics" fund option.

To learn about the Hawks Club categories of commitment and for more details of the club itself, please check out the following document: Hawks Club categories of commitment (PDF format).

Hawks Club

Heartland Community College Athletics' are among the best at the community college level. Heartland's baseball team highlighted the Hawks student-athlete success this past year with their sixth consecutive 40+ win season while also placing three players on the Academic All-American team and five on the Academic All-Conference team. The Hawks won their fifth consecutive Mid-West Athletic Conference Championship. With 54 student-athletes achieving semester GPA's of 3.0 or better in the past year; Heartland Athletics is committed to supporting the true STUDENT-athlete.

Closing the Gap

Heartland currently trails the pack of successful community college athletic programs by a wide margin in terms of fundraising. As you can see from the list below, Heartland has a wide gap to close in relation to other successful community college programs.

College Yearly Fundraising
Iowa Central CC $250,000
Garden City CC (KS) $225,000
Iowa Western CC $115,000
Des Moines Area CC $110,000
Parkland CC $90,000
Lake Land CC $80,000
Illinois Central College $75,000
Heartland CC $35,000
Spoon River CC $25,000
College with teams who played in the 2013 or 2014 National Championships

These figures represent the disadvantage Heartland currently faces when competing against the best community colleges in the Midwest. A lack of funding threatens Heartlands' ability to fully support student-athletes.

Without your support our student-athletes may miss out on the lessons of hard work, commitment, communication, and team work that athletics teach them so well. It's these skills, and the experiences gained while traveling that will make our student-athletes a success when they transfer on to a new school or join the workplace. Your support is what makes these important lessons possible.

Heartland Athletics is committed to developing successful individuals both on the field and in the classroom. With an advancement rate (graduated or transferred to another institution) of 95%, HCC athletics advances our student-athletes at a clip more than 26% higher than the average Illinois community college.

While successfully moving our student-athletes onto 4-year institutions, we continue to provide results on the playing field as well. With a combined record of 663-242-20, the Hawks own a lifetime win percentage of .733. With 141 All-Conference selections, and 24 All-Americans honored, Hawk's players have been recognized both regionally and nationally for their play on the field. Similarly, Hawk’s players have been recognized regionally for their academic accomplishments by earning 70 Academic All-Conference selections, and nationally by earning 24 Academic All-American selections.

How Your Support Can Help

Hawks Club Level How this Helps
Blue & White ($25-$49) Added to the general fund helping support Hawk's Athletics
Platinum ($50-$99) Cover cost of a jersey for one player.
Century ($100-$249) Allow for one player to travel for spring trip to Florida. Covers meals, transportation and lodging.
Coaches ($250-$499) Fully cover costs for jerseys and practice attire for one player. Will cover everything from full jersey to practice shorts, hats, shirts, and cleats.
All-American ($500-$999) Cover full-seasons travel costs for one player. Includes transportation, lodging, and all meals.
Corporate ($1000-$2,499) Fund half of one player's scholarship over the course of a year.
National Champion ($2,500+) Fund scholarship for one player over the course of a year.

Signifying the importance of an athletic scholarship, Miguel Bucio is a first generation college student locally raised here in Bloomington-Normal who otherwise would have been hesitant to enter the world of student-debt. After deciding not to play his junior year of high school, Miguel worked to help support his family. After returning for his senior season, Miguel jumped at the chance to play for HCC. His hard work and resilience paid off in playing 18 games as a freshman. He enjoys the "small-school" feel of HCC's campus, and appreciates the freedom his professors give him in order to further his education.

Another first generation college student, Alexis chose to play Softball at Heartland because she thought it would be a good college to get a solid start on her academics while building her case to become a division 1 softball player. Alexis loves the one-on-one attention professors provide at HCC, and says her time management skills have improved immensely. On the field, Alexis had an outstanding freshman year. While helping lead her team to a share of the M-WAC conference championship, she garnered her own honors of M-WAC Freshman of the Year, M-WAC Player of the Year, Region 24 Player of the year, and First Team All-American honors.

"Heartland gave us the opportunity to build a solid foundation academically while also allowing us to improve through the top-notch baseball program that Heartland offers."
-Jacob and Jared Hendren

Perfectly demonstrating what it means to be a Heartland Community College student-athlete, the Hendren brothers earned Academic All-American honors this past season. Jacob (pictured to the left) and Jared (pictured below to the left) will both be moving on to Illinois State University this year. Both earned All-Conference honors while attending Heartland while also both being recognized as Academic All-Americans this past season at the Superior Level with matching 3.95 GPA's.

Growing up in Le Roy, Illinois the Hendren brothers identified Heartland as giving them the best opportunity to challenge themselves both academically and athletically. Jacob and Jared are prime examples of the athletes Heartland works hard to recruit; local athletes who appreciate the scholarships they are awarded, and work hard both in the classroom and on the field to achieve the results that Heartland strives for.

A Look to the Past: Hawk's Alum Zac Johnson 12'

Zac was born and raised in Bloomington-Normal; the son of a former collegiate baseball coach. With that said, Zac understood what it entail’s to be a great baseball coach, and at Heartland Zac saw a staff full of them. However, he chose to attend Heartland for another reason as well: he found HCC to be the perfect fit to begin his quest toward medical school.

Zac earned a number of awards while at Heartland, yet the one he is most proud of is his diploma. Through the hard work he put into his class work, combined with the very demanding baseball schedule, Zac believes the most important skill he developed at Heartland was mental toughness. Little did he know at the time that this skill would be so important, especially while recently studying to take his M-CAT Exam.

Zac currently works as a research technician in the Flow Cytometry Core Laboratory within Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He will be attending medical school in the fall of 2015 with the hopes of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.

Awards earned by Zac during his college career:

  • Two-time M-WAC All-Conference selection (HCC)
  • Two-time M-WAC Academic All-Conference selection (HCC)
  • NJCAA Academic All-American his Sophomore year (HCC)
  • Two-time MVC All-Conference selection (ISU)
  • MVC Scholar-Athlete Team 13’ (ISU)
  • Awarded Schuster Family Endowed Scholarship (ISU)

“Zac is a model student, a great teammate and a first-team all-conference player. There is not much more you can ask of a student-athlete."
-Mark Kingston, Former Illinois State Head Baseball Coach