MARQUETTE – United States Olympic Education Center athletes received the Phil Niemisto Volunteer Award from the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee (MBRC). Athletes have been participating in the city’s spring cleanup kickoff for at least 17 years.
Tony Tollefson, USOEC Academic Coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of the athletes at the committee’s 10th Annual Spring Awards Luncheon. He works with the MBRC to coordinate the annual activity.
“It’s an event that USOEC athletes enjoy doing every year to assist in keeping Marquette beautiful,” said Tollefson. “The USOEC is pleased to have received the award and look forward to continuing our services for the Marquette community.”
Phyllis Wong, committee chair for the luncheon, stated, “This is a long-deserved public acknowledgement for the athletes. We couldn’t keep Marquette beautiful without the hands of help and it’s greatly appreciated.”
Some of the interesting items that have been found by athletes during the cleanup are car parts, a 50 pound I-beam and two $100 bills.
“If that’s not motivation, then I don’t know what is,” said Greco-Roman wrestler Corey Hope (Carol Steam, Ill.). Fellow wrestler Andrew Bisek (Chaska, Minn.) added, “If people knew that [athletes found two $100 bills] everyone would join, so get the word out.”
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