SVSU Earns Division II Community Engagement Award Of Excellence

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - For the second time in as many years, the Saginaw Valley State University Athletic Department has been awarded the Division II Community Engagement Award of Excellence as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s (GLIAC) award recipient for its 2011 Breast Cancer Awareness Event that was held in February.
The SVSU athletic department claimed the award for the 2010-11 academic year for its Third Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Recognition Event that took place in February.   Saginaw Valley invited breast cancer survivors and a guest to the SVSU men’s and women’s home basketball games against Northern Michigan, where the survivors were honored at halftime of the men’s game and provided with a gift basket.  SVSU women’s basketball players escorted the survivors to mid-court, where they received their baskets that were filled with donated items from businesses in the community.  All survivors were invited to a special reception following the men’s game.  Fifty-eight survivors participated in this year's event, which has raised a total of $9,519 in contributions to the Covenant Foundation for the Breast Health Center CARE Fund over the past three years. 

The 2011 Breast Cancer Recognition event was made possible from the generous contributions provided by Arbonne Agent, Beth LeBlanc, Avon Regional Manager, Kristy Dashnier, State Farm Insurance agent Karl Briggs, Burt Watson Chevrolet of Freeland, Dr. Ernie Balcueva, Envision Eye Care and Wildfire Credit Union.  The fourth-annual recognition is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, February 18, 2012. 

“Our Breast Cancer Awareness Event was a great success this year.  We almost doubled the number of survivors we honored compared to last year and were able to raise money for a great cause.  It was great being able to meet all of these phenomenal women and a joy to be involved in such an excellent event.  We're privileged to have our event recognized nationally and are looking forward to an even bigger and better breast cancer awareness event next year,” commented program director and head athletic trainer Jackie Detrick.

The national winner will be recognized June 2 at the Division II Community Engagement Workshop in Indianapolis and will receive a $500 award.

The Community Engagement Award of Excellence recognizes Division II institutions that successfully “build bridges” with the communities in which they are located.  The commitment to help member institutions build stronger civic relationships is a central part of the Division II philosophy.

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