Student-Athletes Volunteer with CMU P.L.A.Y.'s
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Student-athletes from the football, women's basketball and volleyball programs volunteered with area youth at the CMU P.L.A.Y.'s event this past weekend.

Photos: CMU P.L.A.Y.'s at Finch Fieldhouse

MOUNT PLEASANT - Less than 24 hours after putting the wraps on the spring football game, members of Central Michigan's football program joined with the volleyball program and women's basketball program to participate in CMU P.L.A.Y.'s at Finch Fieldhouse on Saturday.

CMU P.L.A.Y.'s (Physical Lives for Active Youth) was organized by five CMU students in the communications capstone class and intended to replicate the National Football League's Play 60 Challenge. CMU P.L.A.Y.'s was designed to encourage the youth of Mount Pleasant to commit to a healthier lifestyle by engaging in physical activity for at least sixty minutes per day. First-grade through sixth-grade children had the opportunity to interact one-on-one with CMU student-athletes in an effort to promote healthy and active lifestyles.

The student-athletes taught drills from their specific sports, gave motivational messages and signed autographs for the youth in attendance. Former CMU football player Frank Zombo, who was part of the Green Bay Packers team that won Super Bowl XLV in February, appeared in a special motivational video that was shown as part of the event as well.

CMU's C.A.R.E. program partnered with the communications capstone class to include CMU student-athletes in the event. As part of the C.A.R.E. program, CMU student-athletes have volunteered more than 3,300 hours and raised more than $8,000 during the past academic year.

The CMU P.L.A.Y.'s event was the second stop on the football program's spring community outreach tour of the Mount Pleasant area. Members of the football program will be visiting at least two locations this weekend.