Bulldog Student-Athletes Volunteer For Recent Service-Related Projects

The Ferris State University football program continues to play an active role in the community not only on the playing surface, but also off the field as a number of Bulldog student-athletes have recently reached out to others by taking part in several community service-related projects.

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Ferris State football players have found time to give back to the community in recent months with a variety of service-related projects
This past spring, members of the FSU football team volunteered their time reading to pre-school age children at the Mecosta-Osceola Career Center in Big Rapids, Mich. Their efforts helped assist the center during "March is Reading Month", which is a month designated across the nation when kids are encouraged to read.

A number of football players spent time reading books to children in the pre-school classes of Mrs. Bonnie Huey and Mrs. Nicki Cassidy in an event organized by Bulldog assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Ken Conlin. Players taking part in the event at the center included defensive tackle Jake Visser (Coopersville), linebacker Jordan Moore (Ada/Lowell), defensive end Travis Eising (Marion), safety Santino Favot (South Lyon), defensive tackle Jacob Moreno (Holt), offensive lineman Scott Shattuck (Lowell/Ionia), wide receiver Mike Ryan (Howell), offensive lineman Jake Hancock (Big Rapids) and wide receiver Matt Schuelke (Paris/Reed City) among others.

In addition to their efforts at the Mecosta-Osceola Career Center, other team members volunteered time working with youth in activities at Big Rapids Middle School this spring. They included wide receiver Cole Meredith (Big Rapids), linebacker Nick Butler (Midland), defensive back Oseloka Keys (Ann Arbor/Pioneer) and defensive back Landon Jones (Lansing/Sexton). Volunteer assistant coach Phil Fortier played a key role in setting up the activities at the middle school level.

Last summer (2007), four Bulldog football players played an instrumental role helping raise awareness for the fight against Tuberous Sclerosis during the first annual Tackling TS Golf Classic held at the High Pointe Golf Course located near Traverse City. Bulldog defensive end Joe Morrow (Kingsley), offensive linemen Rich Rosenberg (Traverse City/West) and Alex DeKok (Valencia, Calif./Saugus) along with H-Back Dan Underhill (West Olive/Allendale) all helped tackle TS with hole number 10 being designated as the event's "Beat The Bulldog" hole where competitors tried to outdrive the FSU players off the tee.

The Tackling TS event was organized by Kingsley High School football coach Tim Wooer, whose son Tyler has the rare disease. His efforts were assisted by a number of individuals and close friends including Morrow's brother and Mesick High School football coach Jason Morrow. Both of the Morrow brothers played for Wooer during their prep careers. The event, which raised over $18,000 for the disease, included over 200 golfers, several other collegiate football players from across the state along with a special keynote speaker in former Central Michigan head coach Herb Deromedi. The second annual event will be held June 28 at Mistwood Golf Course in Lake Ann, Mich.

The Bulldogs' efforts off the field haven't gone unnoticed, thanks in part to the large number of kids and individuals they've been able to reach through these various activities.

Ferris State will kickoff its 100th season of varsity competition Saturday, Aug. 30, against the Tiffin (Ohio) Dragons in a 2:30 p.m. (EDT) non-conference contest at Tiffin, Ohio. The Bulldogs, who will play an 11-game regular-season schedule, open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action the following Saturday, Sept. 6, on the road at 1 p.m. (EDT) versus the Ashland Eagles in Ashland, Ohio. FSU's home opener is slated for Saturday, Sept. 13, against the Findlay Oilers with kickoff set for 7 p.m. (EDT) at FSU's Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.

Note: For more information on the Tackling TS charity event, please visit the organization's official website at the link below:

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