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Central Michigan's defensive linemen visited with residents of Maplewood Assisted Living Center last week as part of the Chippewas' community appreciation tour.
Chippewas Give Back During Community Appreciation Tour
MOUNT PLEASANT - The relationship between the Central Michigan football program and the surrounding Mount Pleasant community is a traditionally strong one.

Last week, the Chippewas showed their appreciation for that relationship in word and deed.

Even with final exams looming, CMU's football program took time out over the course of a week to make several community appearances in and around Mount Pleasant. The Chippewas broke into position groups and volunteered their time at local schools, with a youth group, an assisted living facility and a local soup kitchen.

The community tour began on Friday, April 27, when head coach Dan Enos, the Chippewas quarterbacks and the offensive linemen visited Sacred Heart Academy in Mount Pleasant. Enos and both position groups spent two shifts of recess with elementary and middle school students, playing games and signing autographs for the youngsters.

Later that day, Enos joined the defensive backs and running backs at CMU's Margo Jonker Stadium as the Chippewas' softball team split a doubleheader with Ohio. While at the softball complex, the football players spent time interacting with youth from the Mount Pleasant PEAK (Partners Empowering All Kids) program and cheering on the CMU softball team.

Also on Friday, the Chippewas' defensive linemen visited Maplewood Assisted Living Center to help the residents there celebrate during their month of April birthday party.

This week, CMU's linebackers spent six hours on Monday volunteering with the Isabella County Soup Kitchen, while the receivers on Wednesday hosted a Clare Middle School field trip to CMU's Indoor Athletic Complex.

Each of the community appearances was organized through the C.A.R.E. program, which coordinates community appearances for each of CMU's sport programs.

From left, CMU's Zurlon Tipton, Anthony Garland and Jahleel Addae cheer on the CMU softball team along with youth from the Mount Pleasant PEAK program.