For the fourth consecutive year, the Ferris State University men's and women's basketball teams teamed up to help raise funds for the local Special Olympics program.
The Bulldog basketball teams recently competed in the fourth annual charity Head-to-Head and Hand-in-Hand Special Olympics Benefit Game this past Wednesday (March 25) evening at the Crossroads Charter Academy gymnasium in Big Rapids, Mich. The event was organized and sponsored by the Ferris Professional Recreation Association and Gamma Epsilon Tau.
The FSU student-athletes were split into two competing teams made up of both Bulldog men's and women's players along with local Special Olympics Area 5 athletes. The crimson team rallied from behind and scored in the closing seconds to record a thrilling 73-72 triumph over the white squad in the contest.
All donations and proceeds received from the event went to support the Special Olympics of Michigan and funds help provide uniforms, equipment, food, transportation, and tournament fees for the special olympics athletes.
This year's event also included a silent auction, special halftime events along with various raffles and prizes as part of the evening activities.
Ferris State concluded the 2008-09 men's basketball campaign with a 14-14 overall record and the Bulldogs placed third (12-10) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division play. In addition, FSU made its 10th GLIAC Tournament appearance and fourth in the last five years. This year also represented the seventh consecutive year the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games.
The Bulldog women concluded the year with a 13-15 overall record after winning seven of their final nine contests. The Bulldogs also made their 10th consecutive and 11th overall berth in the GLIAC Tournament where they advanced to the semifinals for the third-straight year.