Top of the Morning, Nov. 9, 2023

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Long ago, Nick Williams decided when he landed his first "big-boy job," he'd find a way to help the high school he had the pleasure to attend. He came through on his philanthropic promise this week when 40-plus pairs of shoes he purchased were delivered to the boys' and girls' basketball programs at Tuscola.

"I thought if I was ever in a position to help, I would," said Williams, a 21-year-old estimator for W&W Construction and Wabash Valley Hydrovac who lives in Champaign and works in Lafayette, Ind.

Williams, who was a three-sport athlete as a freshman at Tuscola who wound up focusing on basketball, didn't flinch at the cost. The gesture was well-received by players, coaches and families.

"I have really good memories (of high school)," the Class of 2020 graduate said. "I'm just trying to do my part."