MOUNT PLEASANT -- The inaugural CHIPYS, an award show put together by Central Michigan student-athletes to celebrate the year's achievements, was a huge success with over $2,100 raised for the Jimmy V Foundation and approximately 600 people in attendance at Plachta Auditorium on Sept 26.
Sam Russell, Reid Rooney and Brendan Emmett organized and executed the event, including an hour-long Maroon Carpet Show prior to the festivities.
"Everything went really well," Russell said. "We were able to bring a lot of student-athletes and people from around campus together to celebrate a great year while raising money for a great cause."
In addition to being able to help the Jimmy V Foundation, Russell was pleased with another important aspect of the night.
"We wanted to raise money for a great cause, but we also wanted to bring everyone together because we are all part of Central Michigan," Russell said. "It was a night for us all to come together and celebrate a great year."
Awards were presented by CMU athletes and administrators, along with a video presentation of each nominee. Winners received a CHIPY and a chance to address their fellow student-athletes.
Both the Male and Female Athletes of the Year were seniors, but that didn't stop them from accepting their awards. Katie Simon was able to send in a video accepting her award, and former teammate Colin Miller caught Dan LeFevour on his cell phone on stage.
The show also included various skits and videos, emulating the format used during ESPN's ESPYS, which also donates its proceeds to the Jimmy V Foundation.
CMU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee sponsored the event.
"The three of them should be commended," Associate Athletics Director and SAAC mentor Jason Holtman said. "Not only were they able to raise a lot of money, but it was a lot of fun and extremely well organized. This should make everyone proud to be a Chippewa."
2010 CHIPYS Award Winners
Breakthrough Performer - Chelsi Abbott, Soccer
Best Game - football at Michigan State (Sept. 12, 2009)
Best Championship Performance - Raeanne Lohner, Track
Best Upset - soccer vs. No. 24 Purdue (Nov. 13, 2009)
Best Record-Breaking Performance - Dan LeFevour, football
Coach of the Year - Steve Jaksa, baseball
Play of the Year - Andrew Aguila's onside kick/game-winning field goal at Michigan State (Sept. 12, 2009)
Comeback Player of the Year - Jesse Hernandez, baseball
Freshman of the Year - Ben Bennett, wrestling
Female Athlete of the Year - Katie Simon, Gymnastics
Male Athlete of the Year - Dan LeFevour, football
Team of the Year - wrestling
MOUNT PLEASANT - The third annual CHIPPYS award show will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium to both recognize Central Michigan student-athletes for their accomplishments and, more importantly, raise money for cancer research.
The black tie event, organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, will take place in Warriner Hall's Plachta Auditorium on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $5 through Ticket Central or $7 at the door the night of the event. Proceeds from the event will benefit the McLaren Cancer Center in Mount Pleasant, so any above and beyond donations are encouraged and welcomed.
Now in its third year, the CHIPYS award show, which is modeled after the popular “ESPYS” ceremony by ESPN, has raised more than $7,000 for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
Hosts Donnie Corby and Christian Cullinan of the wrestling team will unveil the top student-athletes, teams and moments of the 2011-12 academic year, with CHIPPYS trophies going to each of the winners. Awards will be given out in these categories:
Freshman of the Year
Record Breaking Performance
Chip of the Year
Coach of the Year
Female Athlete of the Year
Male Athlete of the Year
The night will also feature skits and surprise performances.
Prior to the 7 p.m. show, a Maroon Carpet social will be held in the Warriner Hall lobby beginning at 6 p.m.