March 15, 2013
Every other week, the women's lacrosse staff will countdown 101 ways to help you get to know the program before the first teams steps foot on campus in August 2013. Go Blue!"The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others." -- Robert Baden-Powell.
Community service and engagement is a big part of what the University of Michigan and Michigan Athletics is all about. In this week's 101 Ways to Get to Know Women's Lacrosse, we wanted to introduce you to four of the many ways in which our Michigan athletic programs and student-athletes give back. We can't wait for women's lacrosse to get involved!
57. Michigan athletes don't just excel in their respective sports, they have a plethora of other talents! Each year at an annual fundraising event called Mock Rock, U-M athletic teams showcase those hidden talents on stage in front of a special guest judging panel at Michigan's renowned Hill Auditorium in the heart of campus. The event that began in 1999, benefits U-M's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Mock Rock, which is hosted each year by a celebrity emcee, has become an annual tradition that everyone in the Athletic Department looks forward to and over the years has provided some very funny and talented entertainment. Catch a glimpse of what Mock Rock is all about by viewing this year's winning performance. It's fun to think about what the first-ever women's lacrosse Mock Rock appearance will be like. Can't wait until next year to find out!
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56. Michigan athletes and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital enjoy a very special relationship with each other. In addition to events held by the athletic department, such as Mock Rock or the Mott Spring Football Game, student-athletes also have hands-on involvement with the hospital and volunteer their time throughout the year in many different ways. One way in which they give back is through weekly visits to see the children currently staying at the hospital. Each week, U-M student-athletes spend time getting to know the kids at Mott in an effort to put smiles on their faces and bring laughter to their lives. Women's lacrosse is looking forward to joining the rest of our Michigan athletic teams in making a difference in the lives of the children at Mott next year!
55. Recently, Michigan Athletics teamed up with the Special Olympics of Michigan and in their first event as a partnership, the duo hosted the Polar Plunge. With the help of a large number of volunteers from Michigan's Athletic Department, community plungers braved the cold weather to jump in an even colder pool set up on the field of the Big House all for a great cause -- the Special Olympics. One of the highlights of the afternoon was guest judge and U-M head football coach Brady Hoke, who delivered an energizing pregame speech prior to evaluating the talent jumping into the pool. The Michigan women's lacrosse staff was involved in the Polar Plunge this year and is looking forward continuing to volunteer their time with this great partnership!
54. Each year, several U-M athletic teams host "Pink Games", in which teams participate by wearing special pink gear in an effort to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for a cause. Many of the Michigan teams who hold an annual "Pink Game" take part in several initiatives during their designated game. This year, the women's basketball team had a special group of breast cancer survivors introduce the starting lineup and highlighted stories from breast cancer survivors throughout the game on the video board, while raising funds through a variety of means both before, after and during the Pink Game for the American Cancer Society and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer organizations. Women's lacrosse will look to hold their first Pink Game next spring and we can't wait to rock some pink gear and start a very special partnership of our own!
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