July 14, 2010

General Mills Renews Partnership With Ferris State Athletics

The General Mills Community Action has renewed their partnership with the Ferris State University Athletics Department, their student-athletes and respective teams for the upcoming 2010-11 academic year.

In their actions, General Mills takes an active role in community service-related projects in an effort to "give back" to the local community.

The 2010-11 school year will represent the third consecutive year in which General Mills has made a generous donation of to the Ferris State Athletics Community Outreach and Engagement Program.

"Our mission at General Mills is Nourishing Lives - making lives healthier, easier and richer, which includes nourishing the communities in which we live," said General Mills Plant Manager Jon Woodworth.  "General Mills has a rich history of supporting our communities and we are honored to partner again with FSU athletics as they continue their outreach into the community.  I look forward to our Reed City Yoplait facility in strengthening our partnership with FSU Athletics this year." 

Over a period of two years since August 2008, FSU student-athletes have compiled over 1,500 hours of community outreach and engagement.  Each team sets aside special time to participate in local Special Olympics programs, middle school activity nights, the Big Event Cleanup, Toys for Tots, blood drives, and breast cancer awareness, just to name a few. 

The FSU Women's Soccer team has even participated in events outside of the Big Rapids area. They traveled to Brookston, Ind., and took part for five days in the Disaster Assistance for Northern Indiana. On the trip, the women's soccer student-athletes helped put the finishing touches on a house that needed to be rebuilt.  Some of their duties included hanging siding and molding, painting, caulking, etc.  Members of the Bulldog women's soccer team also participate in an Alzheimer's walk at Holland, Mich.

All of these worthwhile efforts have taught the FSU students-athletes how important it is to stay active and "give back" to the community.

Thank-you to General Mills for their tremendous support of Bulldog Athletics and the Big Rapids area community.

Written by Andrea Clancy, FSU Athletics Department Intern

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