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MSU Athletics Announces 'Celebrate 2010' Weekend
MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis
MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis

April 24, 2010

Michigan State Athletics Mission Statement:
"We gather and engage our community to teach, support and celebrate our student-athletes in their quest for excellence."

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State Athletics Department will "Celebrate 2010" with a weekend in the fall (Sept. 30-Oct. 2) dedicated to all former and current student-athletes who have provided the department with a storied past and a winning tradition that continues.

The weekend includes the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, announcement of the Varsity S Club award winners, and the inaugural Varsity Letter Jacket Presentation, and culminates Saturday afternoon when the Spartan football team hosts Wisconsin in the Big Ten opener at Spartan Stadium.

"We're truly excited about the `Celebrate 2010' concept," MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis said. "This is a unique opportunity to connect the past with the present.

"There's a great sense of accomplishment when a student-athlete earns his/her first letter, so we wanted to mark this personal milestone by awarding the letter jacket in a public setting. During the same weekend we will also have the opportunity to honor the major Varsity S Club award winners and ultimately celebrate the best of the best with the induction of the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2010."

The "Celebrate 2010" weekend will begin Thursday, Sept. 30 with the Varsity Letter Jacket Presentation at Wharton Center's Pasant Theatre. This closed ceremony, which will be attended by varsity sport head coaches, is for student-athletes who received their first varsity letter during the 2009-10 academic year.

On Friday, the attention shifts from the current student-athletes to honoring Spartan greats who have contributed to the department's rich history of success.

The Hall of Fame inductees and Varsity S Club winners will be introduced at the Downtown Coaches Club luncheon at Hawk Hollow from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Following the luncheon, the latest class of the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame will take center stage the rest of the day, first with a press conference, then with a reception, and concluding with the formal Hall of Fame program and induction ceremony.

Prior to the football game on Saturday, the Varsity S Club will host its award brunch at Jenison Field House. At halftime, all of the student-athletes who attended the Varsity Letter Jacket Presentation will take the field, along with the Hall of Fame inductees, the Varsity S Club award winners, and the major athletic award winners from 2009-10.

"This promises to be a special weekend for all Spartan student-athletes, past and present," said Hollis.

"Celebrate 2010" Weekend Events

Thursday, Sept. 30
• Varsity Letter Jacket Presentation: 7-8:30 p.m. (Wharton Center - Pasant Theatre)

Friday, Oct. 1
• Downtown Coaches Club Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Hawk Hollow). Varsity S Club award winners and Hall of Fame winners will be introduced

• Hall of Fame Press Conference: 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Smith Center Auditorium)

• Hall of Fame Reception: 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Football Players Lounge)

• Hall of Fame Program: 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Smith Center Auditorium)

Saturday, Oct. 2
• Varsity S Club Award Brunch: TBA (Jenison Field House). Hall of Fame winners introduced

•"Celebrate 2010": Halftime of Football Game vs. Wisconsin. Student-athletes who receive their Letter Jackets on Thursday; Hall of Fame Inductees; Varsity S Club Award Winners; Major Award Winners from 2009-10