C.A.R.E. Program Continues Growth in 2011-12
Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke thanks members of the military during a halftime ceremony at a 2011 football game. The athletics department has released a new publication outlining its many community partnerships.

C.A.R.E. book

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – During a season in which attention transitions from giving thanks to simply giving, another semester nears completion for Central Michigan student-athletes who take advantage of many opportunities to serve the greater Mount Pleasant community.

Central Michigan Athletics is very thankful for the mutually beneficial relationships that exist between the department and its community and university partners. Both groups have worked tirelessly and given sacrificially, together making CMU and Isabella County more successful.

Each year student-athletes at Central Michigan donate more than 4,000 hours and $10,000 to local and national causes through the Central Athletes Reaching Everyone (C.A.R.E.) program, an initiative that continues to grow stronger each semester.

Efforts this semester have resulted in at least 1,200 hours of community involvement and nearly $9,000 raised through efforts such as the Red Cross Food Drive, Chips for a Cure and Hoops for Hunger.

Students are at the heart of these initiatives in part because of the gifts they have received from Chippewa fans.

In addition to the tens of thousands of fans who support the Chippewas with their attendance throughout the year, an increasing number have become donors through the Chippewa Athletic Fund. This year brought the creation of the Chippewa Champions program which has enabled fans to support the specific sport of their choice at a championship level. Efforts like these will allow teams to build on their successes in competition and in the community.

For a complete description of the C.A.R.E. program and to learn how Central Michigan Athletics is playing a vital role in the Mount Pleasant and Isabella County communities, please explore the C.A.R.E. booklet linked above. For a detailed listing of CMU's 2011-12 community involvement and information on partnering with the athletics department, please see the C.A.R.E. web page.

Thank you for giving Chippewa student-athletes your support, because "Together We Are Maroon."

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