Ferris State students will be bringing awareness to heart health during all Ferris State athletic events this Saturday, Feb. 13.
Sports Careers, a registered student organization at Ferris, will be putting on the Red Out event with help from the Ferris Athletic Department and students of Dr. Sandy Alspach’s sports communication classes.
Cierra Buckner, a junior in the sports communication program, is the coordinator for Red Out.
“Students should come to support these events, and this cause, because it has affected a lot of our peers on a personal level,” said Buckner in a press release.
The Red Out event will take place all day long and will tip-off in Wink Arena with the FSU women’s basketball game at 1 p.m. followed by the men’s basketball game at 3 p.m. Both teams will be matched up against Lake Superior State in GLIAC play.
The event will conclude at Ewigleben Ice Arena as the Bulldogs take on Northern Michigan at 7:07 p.m.
The fundraiser will be aimed at raising money toward heart health, and all proceeds will be donated to the Cardiac Unit of Spectrum Health Hospital in Big Rapids.
Buckner’s goal is to spread awareness for heart health and to raise more money than the event brought in last year.
During each sporting event, spectators will be urged to wear red and make donations towards the cause. Donations can be made at donation tables in the lobby of the sports complex, during an ongoing silent auction or during the Red Out “Miracle Minute.”
There will also be opportunities for fans to win some prizes from local community sponsors. The prizes can be won through different games and activities during timeouts and between intermissions of all three games. Activities will include a half-court shootout, a dance off and more.
“We appreciate all those in the community that have helped make contributions to Sports Careers RSO,” said Buckner.
Ferris students and members of the surrounding community are urged to come to all three games wearing red to support Ferris athletics as well as Spectrum Health.
A check with the total donation amount throughout the day will be presented to Spectrum Health Foundation Chair Dee Van Horn during the hockey game.