MOUNT PLEASANT – With Central Michigan’s Little Caesars Pizza Bowl match-up with Western Kentucky just days away, members of the CMU football team took a break from game preparations to volunteer their time with the Little Caesars Love Kitchen on Friday at the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen in Mount Pleasant.
The Little Caesars Love Kitchen, a big-rig pizza kitchen on wheels, travels across the continental United States and Canada meeting the needs of the hungry, the homeless, and disaster survivors.
Senior offensive lineman Mike Repovz, sophomore linebacker Ryan Petro, sophomore receiver Jesse Kroll, and sophomore fullback Christian Conley delivered freshly baked pizzas from the Love Kitchen to the facility, served lunch, and then helped wash dishes. Repovz also led diners in a round of holiday songs.
“The experience today was great, being able to here and serve the community,” said Repovz. “I am thankful to be here, especially during the Christmas season and to be able to help light up their day.”
On Thursday, another group of Chippewas, which included sophomore receivers Titus Davis and Courtney Williams, junior tight end A.J. Westendorp, freshman running back Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore, and freshman receiver Connor Howard, served Little Caesars Pizza to more than 300 people at the Isabella County Food Pantry.
Central Michigan, appearing in its fifth bowl game in the last seven years, will take on Western Kentucky in the 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 26 at Ford Field in Detroit. The game, which is the lone bowl contest of the day, is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. The Chippewas will be playing in a Detroit bowl game for the fourth time after appearing in the Motor City Bowl in three consecutive years, from 2006-08.