Chippewas Lend a Hand at Lions Club Barbecue
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MOUNT PLEASANT - The Central Michigan men's basketball team took a break last weekend from final exam preparations to assist in the preparations of the 59th annual Lions Club Chicken Barbecue in Mount Pleasant.

Preparations for the community fund-raiser at Island Park take two full days but went a little faster with the help of the student-athletes.

"I know I was tired when they showed up and their presence helped put a spring back in my step," said event chairman John Scheide. "The team was very instrumental in us completing the job in a very short period of time."

The barbecue began in 1952 as a one-time venture and now feeds more than 5,000 community members annually. Funds raised are donated to a variety of local charities including the American Red Cross, Eye Care and Christmas Outreach. Throughout its history the event has raised millions of dollars for the Mount Pleasant community.

"It shows we're working hard on and off the court," said freshman Auston Barnes. "As a CMU student-athlete I feel a responsibility to give back to the community. It felt good to hear all the workers say 'thank you' and that we were able to make their jobs a little bit easier. It really made me feel proud to be a Chippewa."

CMU student-athletes are involved in many community activities throughout the year. To date this school year, they have served more than 3,000 hours and raised more than $8,000.