Celebrate 2010 Weekend
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The Celebrate 2010 Weekend concluded on Saturday with Spartan football's 34-24 win over No. 9/11 Wisconsin at Spartan Stadium.
During halftime, some Spartan student-athletes who received their letter jackets on Thursday night were honored at midfield, in addition to the Hall of Fame inductees, Varsity S Club honorees and the 2009-10 MSU athletics major award winners.
Prior to the MSU football game on Saturday, the Varsity S Club held a brunch and pep rally at Jenison Field House to acknowledge its 2010 award winners.
The 2010 Varsity S Club major award winners were Ryan Miller (Henry Bullough Service Award), Amo Bessone (Eldon VanSpybrook Retired Coaches Award), Deborah Traxinger (Dr. Nell C. Jackson Award) and James Cotter (Jack Breslin Award). Kelly Moffit received the Joey M. Spano Varsity Alumni S Club Endowment. Also honored on the afternoon was 2010 Varsity S Club Honorary Members Tom Newton, Kris Smith and Jill Witzenburg.
During the event, the MSU football team took a detour on their walk from Kellogg Center to Spartan Stadium to make their way through Jenison and the Varsity S Club brunch. As the team walked through, the Spartan Strollers performed the MSU fight song.
Also, MSU president Lou Anna K. Simon and athletic director Mark Hollis addressed the crowd during the brunch.
On Friday afternoon, the MSU athletics department took a look back to the past, as 10 former Spartans were inducted into the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame. The Class of 2010 included Jim Bibbs, Ed Budde, Steve Garvey, Linda Gustavson, Dr. Nell Jackson, Ron Mason, Julius McCoy, Percy Snow, Ken Walsh and Lorenzo White.
After a press conference in the Smith Center Auditorium and a reception in the Skandalaris Center's Hall of History, the 10 new members were introduced at a ceremony back in the Smith Center Auditorium.
"This is a tremendous honor for me, and I know it is for the other inductees as well," added Mason. "This is a special, special night."
Seven of the 10 inductees were in attendance - Bibbs, Budde, Garvey, Gustavson, Mason, Snow and White - while Cheryl Gilliam accepted on behalf of the late Dr. Nell Jackson, Judy McCoy Jordan represented her late father Julius McCoy and MSU swimming & diving head coach Matt Gianiodis spoke on behalf of Ken Walsh.
"It's an honor," said Snow. "I'd like to thank everyone. There are a lot of great players, coaches, people that were part of Michigan State University that paved the way for all of us. It is an honor for me to be here at this moment with everyone."
"Thank you very much for this great, great honor," expressed Gustavson. "To be in such great company of all these fellow inductees is really just a great honor."
Each inductee plaque is now hanging in the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame inside the Clara Bell Smith Center.
On Thursday night, the Michigan State athletic department held its inaugural Varsity Letter Jacket Ceremony at the Pasant Theatre at Wharton Center, to kick off the "Celebrate 2010" weekend. Concluding the ceremony, 150 Spartan student-athletes and managers walked up on stage to receive their letter jacket.
"It is a great feeling," said sophomore running back Larry Caper. "It is something special to get a letter jacket from a university, because you worked so hard to get here and it is a trophy to showcase it. It is something that is earned, not given."
Athletic director Mark Hollis was the MC for the event, beginning the night by recognizing the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2010, the 2009 Varsity S Club award winners and the major award winners from the 2009-10 season.
A video featuring past letterwinners talking about the honor of wearing their jacket transitioned into the reason everyone was there. Sport-by-sport, each deserving student-athlete or manager was called to the stage to receive the jacket from their head coach.
"Receiving your letter jacket is a symbol of being part of the Spartan family," said gymnastics junior Daneen Haba. "Tonight was definitely a special event. It was memorable seeing the people of the past talking about receiving their jackets. It gave me goose bumps."
"To be a varsity letter jacket recipient means a lot because you are part of a legacy at Michigan State with all the past athletes," added women's basketball sophomore Tracy Nogle. "You will always be part of a great university and great athletic program."
Sept. 30, 2010
The Michigan State Athletics Department will "Celebrate 2010" over the next three days (Sept. 30-Oct. 2). The inaugural event is 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 inaugural Varsity Letter Jacket Presentation, the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the announcement of the Varsity S Club award winners, and culminates Saturday afternoon when the Spartan football team hosts Wisconsin in the Big Ten opener at Spartan Stadium at 3:30 p.m.
"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 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 and assistant coaches, is for student-athletes who received their first varsity letter during the 2009-10 academic year. In all, 175 student-athletes and managers will receive their letter jacket on Thursday night. Also during this event, last year's MSU athletics major award winners will be recognized.
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. The 2010 Hall of Fame class includes Jim Bibbs, Ed Budde, Steve Garvey, Linda Gustavson, Dr. Nell Jackson, Ron Mason, Julius McCoy, Percy Snow, Ken Walsh and Lorenzo White.
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
Friday, Oct. 1
Saturday, Oct. 2