INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Northern Michigan University Athletic Department has been selected by Division II and the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) as the 2008 winner of the Community Engagement Award of Excellence. NMU was selected as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) winner to advance to the national level.
Winners were also selected from other Division II conferences that submitted nominations and from the Division II independent institutions. Each winner receives a $500 grant that can be used for other community-engagement efforts.
NMU, which will be recognized at the NACMA convention in June, was selected for its Fall Sports Kick-Off which was designated to shine a light on what NMU athletics has to offer to the university campus and the Marquette community. It was held before the NMU-Hillsdale football game on Sept. 8, 2007. The event was co-sponsored by Econo Foods, Northern Star Broadcasting and The Mining Journal.
More than 3,000 community members were able to access the facilities; meet the coaches, student-athletes and faculty; and share a picnic-style meal which was all free of charge. The event included carnival games, face-painting, a bounce house, pony rides, fitness activities for kids, live radio broadcast and a barbeque sponsored by Econo Foods.
“The event opened a different perspective within the community about NMU athletics, and now the community residents are asking for more,” said NMU Athletic Director Ken Godfrey. “The Fall Sports Kick-Off is well on its way to becoming a tradition, and we look forward to making it an event that will continue to engage our community.”
Division II and NACMA staged the contest to build momentum for Division II’s community-engagement initiative and reward institutions for their creativity in advancing the initiative.
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