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Athletes For Hope

AthletesForHope.jpgAthletes for Hope is a public charity -organization founded in 2007 by several high-profile, philanthropically-minded athletes. As athletes who share a deep commitment to giving back, our founders joined forces to create an organization that brings athletes together, to educate, inspire, and empower them to channel their energy for a common goal: to make a difference in the world.

The mission of Athletes for Hope University is to promote social change through the volunteerism and charity of college athletes.

Teams for Toys

Since 2003, every varsity team (25) adopts a family for the holidays through the Salvation Army.  They are responsible for raising money, buying and wrapping the gifts and then delivering them to the families.

Student-Athlete Food Drive

Student-Athletes collect food donations for the Greater Lansing  and MSU Food Banks.

March is Reading Month

Each year our athletes are requested by the schools in the greater Lansing area to come in and promote reading and the importance of education to the students during the month of March.

Accessible Trick or Treating

Each year student-athletes attend an event to provide a trick or treating opportunity for kids with medical or special needs.

Local School Outreach Opportunities

Student-athletes volunteer at local schools for various events throughout the year.

Relay for Life

Student-athletes from all 25 sports fundraise to find cures for cancer and support those to fight back at Relay For Life each year.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

The Women’s Gymnastics Team adopted breast cancer awareness as their cause in 2006. Each year they raise money and walk in the “Making Strides against Breast Cancer” 5K walk in October. They also have dedicated a home meet each year as the “Flip for a Cure” meet. All proceeds from the meet go to the American Cancer Society Making Strides against Breast Cancer.

Salvation Army

Each year at the holiday time, the Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving teams volunteer at the Salvation Army Distribution Center.

Chuck A Puck

In 2007, the Men’s Ice Hockey team adopted fighting children’s cancer as acause. Through this initiative "Chuck A Puck" was started. Student-athletes sell foam pucks that are later tossed on the ice where the individual closest to the center wins a prize. The idea is to raise money and awareness for this cause. This event was started by former MSU & current Detroit Red Wing; Justin Abdelkader, and former hockey player Dan Sturges.

Teddy Bear Toss

Student-athletes collect teddy bears thrown on the ice from fans during anMSU Men’s Ice Hockey game to donate to children in need.