Jock Rock Set for Sunday

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Central Michigan University student-athletes will trade in their bats and cleats for guitars and dancing shoes at Jock Rock this Sunday, April 1st.

Chippewa student-athletes will be competing in the annual lip-sync competition to earn bragging rights, while raising money for charity. The event begins at 7 p.m. in Rose Arena. Admission is $3, which will all be donated to the United Way Partner Agency.

CMU teams will compete for five judges who will be awarding points in four different categories creativity, actual lip-syncing, originality, and time allotment.

Academic adviser Deb McAlpin has been working with CMU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) on organizing the event and is excited for another year of fun.

“It is a fun time for the student-athletes to just have a great time with no pressures,” said McAlpin. “It gives them a chance to relax, make a fool of themselves with their teammates and make some great memories at the same time.”

SAAC President Connie Mallinson is excited to see what the athletes come up with. Her women’s track and field team won the event in 2004.

“Some of the teams come up with some really great stuff, like the men’s track team is always a favorite to win it,” said Mallinson. “This is a good way for teams to get to know each other outside of athletic competitions and have fun together while raising money for a charity.

“Athletes who choose not to participate help out in other ways, by donating money, helping out at the event, or coming to watch.”

Women’s soccer won the title last year, knocking off defending champs men’s track and field. SAAC Vice President Laura Gaesser and the women’s soccer team look to again capture the number one spot on Sunday.

“I hope we win,” she said. “Our freshman have been putting in a lot of time and coming up with some great ideas, but we all just go out there and do our thing and the best one wins. It is just an exciting atmosphere and the whole reason is to raise money for the United Way, which is really important to us.”

The $3 admission helps support the United Way Partner Agency: Community Cancer Services; it provides and supports a wide range of mental health solutions to help individuals gain control over their lives, achieve dignity and respect, realize their potential, and become full participants in community life.

In past years, this event has raised around $1,000 per year for a charity.

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