Spirit of the Gift Biography Project

Histories of the men and women behind WSU's endowed funds

Cleo Littleton Endowed Men's Basketball Scholarship

Mr. Cleo Littleton still ranks as Wichita State University's all-time leading scorer in basketball, having earned 2,164 points. Mr. Littleton played basketball for WSU from 1951-1955. He was the first black player to be honored in the Missouri Valley Conference. He received his Bachelor of Physical Education from WSU in 1955 and upon graduation, spent six months in the military before joining a semi-professional basketball team, the National Industrial Basketball League. He is the CEO of his company, Little Products Distributors. Mr. Littleton possesses a passion in entrepreneurship and believes in commitment and hard work. He was named the 2004 Small Business Administration's (SBA) Graduate of the Year. Mr. Littleton serves on three boards and three committees at WSU, where his primary concern is helping black athletes get jobs after college and getting more black staff in the athletics department. He is married to Eloise Eaton Littleton and they have four children.

The Cleo Littleton Endowed Men's Basketball Scholarship was established to honor his achievements and to boost the efforts of students participating in the men's basketball team. Mr. Littleton is a mentor for student athletes, and believes that one can accomplish anything, regardless of the obstacles that may come one's way if he sets his mind to it.