"Bulldog Challenge" Lift-A-Thon This Friday

The Bulldogs will hold their 2011 Lift-A-Thon on Friday (March 25) evening at Jim Wink Arena
The Bulldogs will hold their 2011 Lift-A-Thon on Friday (March 25) evening at Jim Wink Arena

Big Rapids - The Ferris State University football program will wrap up its winter conditioning program by holding its annual Lift-A-Thon event this Friday (March 25) evening inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena.

The 29th annual Lift-A-Thon, which serves as a primary fundraiser for the Bulldog Football program and is operated in conjunction with the FSU Gridiron Club and the Bulldog Athletic Association, is open to the public free of charge and will begin at 6 p.m. (EDT).  Parents, alumni, fans and students are all invited and encouraged to attend.

For the second consecutive year, this year's expanded Lift-A-Thon will include the "Bulldog Challenge" consisting of a competition between team position groups.  The events will include the bench press, pro shuttle run, 20-yard sprint, tug of war along with a talent and entertainment show.  A points system will help determine the winning group.

The entire team will compete in the bench press with selected individuals taking part and representing various position groups in the other events.

Buffalo Wild Wings will help sponsor this year's "Bulldog Challenge" and all fans are also invited to attend a post-event gathering at Buffalo Wild Wings on Friday night in Big Rapids.

"This is a great opportunity for our student-athletes to show how much work they've put in during the offseason in our winter conditioning program," said FSU head coach Jeff Pierce.  "We're excited to see how they've progressed and the Bulldog Challenge is also an excellent opportunity to bring together our fans for this enjoyable evening."

The Lift-A-Thon, which was developed in 1982, operates under the FSU Gridiron Club and the Bulldog Athletic Association with contributions to the Lift-A-Thon directly benefiting the Bulldog football program. Pledges for the Lift-A-Thon can be made on a per-pound basis or on a flat dollar rate donation based on how many times each player can successfully bench 225 pounds.

The funds raised from the event have a direct influence in helping the Bulldogs compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), which is regarded as one of the nation's top conferences.

For more information and/or to make a donation to the Ferris State Football Lift-A-Thon event, please contact Gary Wendlowsky at (231) 591-2827 or via e-mail at: wendlog@ferris.edu.

Donations can also be made online thru the Bulldog Athletic Association by visiting this link:

Following the Lift-A-Thon, the Bulldogs will open up spring drills on Tuesday (March 29).

Here is a tentative time schedule for this year's "Bulldog Challenge" Lift-A-Thon:

6-6:30 p.m. - Bench Press
6:30-6:45 p.m. - Pro Shuttle Run
6:45-7 p.m. - 20-yard sprint
7-7:15 p.m. - Tug of War
7:15-7:30 p.m. - Talent Show

*Note: Time schedule is subject to change and some events will run simultaneously.