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Illinois Basketball Coaches Association
Illinois Basketball Coaches Association

HALL OF FAME
FRIENDS OF BASKETBALL

Name: Bob and Winnie Tipsword

Year Inducted: 2012

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools/Organizations:
• Charleston

Biography:
Bob and Winnie had tremendous impact as "team grandparents" for Eastern Illinois University women's basketball. They hosted six to eight team dinners each year, attended most home games, acted as stand-in parents on Parents Night, and visited players in the hospital.

Bob and Winnie, who is deceased, also cared for pets when players were out of town. They supported the EIU program through coaching changes and often helped players deal with personal issues.