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MSU Athletics Recognizes Donors in Second Annual Thank-a-Thon

March 28, 2014

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State Athletics Department, with the volunteer efforts of more than 225 student-athletes, held the second annual Student-Athlete Thank-a-Thon from March 25-27 at Spartan Stadium. Spartan student-athletes volunteered their time to make personal thank you calls or write thank you letters to athletic donors (Spartan Fund members) who generously give to MSU Athletics. In all, Spartan student-athletes made contact with more than 4,300 Spartan Fund donors.

- Jacob Cook (Men's Swimming): "[Spartan Fund donors], no matter how big or small, your donation is opening doors for the future of countless Spartan student-athletes. Because of your support our dreams are possible."

- Nicola Deans (Gymnastics): "My scholarship gives me an opportunity for an NCAA experience that I would not have had in my home country (Canada). Coming to MSU on scholarship is such a huge accomplishment and wouldn't be possible without the support of Spartan Fund donors."

- Jenny Sritragul (Women's Golf): "Being a Spartan student-athlete we get amazing support in all directions which helps me achieve my goals--both academically and in my athletic career. The Spartan family makes me feel like I am always at home."

- Senior Associate Athletics Director, Chuck Sleeper: "I cannot say enough about our generous Spartan Fund members and how their contributions continue to provide our athletics department the opportunity to support 25 varsity sports. I'm especially proud of our volunteer student-athletes for embracing this effort and for the valued sponsorship by Verizon Wireless which allowed our student-athletes the mechanism to connect. It speaks volumes that our student-athletes recognize the efforts of our Spartan Fund members and have a little fun while making connections with our supporters."

MSU Athletics thanks our sponsors of the second annual Student-Athlete Thank-a-Thon, including Verizon Wireless who donated the use of more than 50 phones, and Spartan Hall of Fame Café and Tropical Smoothie East Lansing for providing meals to student-athletes.

The MSU Athletics Department is a self-sustaining department of Michigan State University that relies heavily on philanthropic support (approximately 20 percent of its budget) to meet annual funding needs. Contributions to MSU Athletics through the Spartan Fund are used to fund scholarships, facility projects, and annual operational costs, such as equipment, travel, etc.

To learn more about supporting MSU Athletics through philanthropic support and the benefits associated, please visit or contact the Spartan Fund at 517.432.4610 or email

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