Chippewas Begin Community Outreach Tour
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
CMU freshman receiver Deon Butler takes part in a pickup basketball game at Sacred Heart Elementary School last week.
MOUNT PLEASANT - While spring practice and the academic semester near their conclusions, the Central Michigan football program is ramping up a community outreach tour in and around Mount Pleasant.

During the remainder of the month of April, the Chippewas will travel by position groups to various locations to give back to the community.

The tour began on Friday, when the Chippewas' receiving corps visited Pullen Elementary School and Sacred Heart Elementary School in Mount Pleasant. The players spent recess with students at both schools, playing basketball, kickball, tag and hop-skotch, and they signed autographs for their young fans.

Friday's school visit and the upcoming community appearances are part of the C.A.R.E. program , which coordinates community service appearances for CMU student-athletes. The next stop on the Chippewas' community outreach tour is Saturday, April 16, when the football team's quarterbacks and specialists will be joined by the volleyball, men's basketball and women's basketball programs at the CMU-student-sponsored CMU PLAYs event at Finch Fieldhouse at 1 p.m.

To date, CMU student-athletes have volunteered more than 3,000 hours and raised more than $8,000 for charity through the C.A.R.E. program.

The football program closes out spring practice this week, hosting its spring football game at Kelly/Shorts Stadium Friday night.

Cedric Fraser assists in an impromptu dunk contest at Sacred Heart Elementary.