Fundraising Event Held Tuesday Evening At FSU's Jim Wink Arena

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Kyle Parrish
Quarterback Kyle Parrish performs one of his lifts during the 27th annual Bulldog Football Lift-A-Thon held Tuesday evening at Wink Arena

The Ferris State University football program concluded its winter conditioning program by holding its 27th annual Bulldog Lift-A Thon fundraising event Tuesday (March 24) evening at FSU's Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.

The event included all current team members along with a football alumni representative. Each student-athlete was given three lifts in the power clean with competition by weight class in three groups.

The FSU Football Lift-A-Thon serves as the primary fund raiser for the Ferris State football program. The funds raised from the event have a direct influence in maintaining the essential elements necessary for the Bulldogs to operate a competitive NCAA Division II football program in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), which is regarded as one of the nationís top conferences. Proceeds from the Lift-A-Thon go towards maintaining current student-athlete scholarships, recruitment of new student-athletes, improvement within the weight training facilities, and assistance in the financing of both spring drills and early fall practice camp.

The Lift-A-Thon, which was developed in 1982, operates under the FSU Gridiron Club and every dollar contributed to the Lift-A-Thon goes directly to benefit the Bulldog football program through the Gridiron Club. Each player collected pledges either on a per-pound basis or on a flat dollar rate donation based upon how much weight they could successfully lift.

Ferris State will start preparations for this upcoming season next Tuesday, March 31, as the Bulldogs begin their spring practice drills. FSU will kickoff its 101st season of varsity competition Saturday, Aug. 29, against the Tiffin (Ohio) Dragons in a 7 p.m. (EDT) non-conference contest at Top Taggart Field.

The season-opening game will take place during FSU "Welcome Week" activities and be part of a true "Community Football Day" atmosphere as Big Rapids High School will also open its 2009 season versus Holton earlier in the day in the same facility and a rocket football contest will be part of the FSU halftime events.

Below are the individual winners of this year's Lift-A-Thon by weight class:

181 Pounds & Below
Total Weight: Russell Weatherspoon (275)
Money Raised: Jake Arsulowicz ($410)

182-198 Pounds
Total Weight: Aaron Olman (295)
Money Raised: Damien Miller ($500)

199-214 Pounds
Total Weight: Joe Parrinello (315)
Money Raised: Seth Hubbard ($350)

215-231 Pounds
Total Weight: Chad Schoen (305)
Money Raised: Brian Bush ($450)

232 Pounds & Up
Total Weight: Scott Shattuck (355)
Money Raised: Clark Wright ($325)

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