CMU Announces 2014 Bill Boyden Award Winners

Oct. 1, 2014

By Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan student-athletes Hallie Enderle and Deon Butler have been named the 2014 winners of the Bill Boyden Award.

It marks the first time that two student-athletes have earned the prestigious annual award since its inception in 1981. They will be recognized during the CMU-Ball State football game at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Oct. 18.

The Boyden Award goes to a varsity letter winner in his or her final year of eligibility, who is in good academic standing and whose record best combines participation in an intercollegiate varsity sport with leadership in campus affairs and activities, along with interests or accomplishments in the arts, and community involvement. The awardee is an exemplary representative of the university.

Enderle, who hails from Mankato, Minn., is a senior middle blocker and three-year letter winner on the CMU volleyball team. A double major in therapeutic recreation and two-dimensional art, Enderle carries a 3.66 grade point average.

She has volunteered for Mid-Michigan Industries, working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has also volunteered at Green Acres Retirement Home and the Isabella County Day Treatment Center. Along with her teammates, she has volunteered for the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen, Special Olympics and in canned-food drives.

“Ever since I’ve been here at CMU, the Boyden award always represented what I wanted to be,” said Enderle said. “I wanted to be involved in the arts, I wanted to be involved in volunteering, I wanted to be involved in volleyball. I get bored easily and I like to make the most of my time and help others. The award embodies all that I think a good person should be. Words cannot express how honored I am to be a co-recipient.”

Butler, a senior tight end on the football team from Detroit, works with the PEAK Program, an afterschool program administered by the Mount Pleasant Parks and Recreation Department. He has also volunteered with the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen, the Red Cross Food Pantry, and has visited with elderly at assisted-living homes and with elementary students to aid in reading and recess programs.

He has also extensively volunteered with Special Olympics, has been featured prominently on the organization’s marketing materials, and last month received the Spirit of Special Olympics Michigan Award during the annual Chippys.

“I think it goes beyond football,” said Butler, a child development major. “It’s about community work and who I am as a person. It’s about helping people and making an impact on the community. I’m very happy, and very honored, to receive the award.”

The Bill Boyden Leadership Award was established in memory of W.B. "Bill" Boyden, a 1935 CMU graduate. His life and accomplishments demonstrated a unique blend of athletic ability, leadership, business acumen, participation in the arts, and an extraordinary involvement in community activities.

Boyden was a football and track star who earned recognition as most valuable backfield man in his senior year at CMU and set the school 100-yard dash record, a record that stood for many years. Boyden also served as President of CMU's Student Council and acted in several campus dramatic productions.

He volunteered countless hours for CMU, reflecting his pride in, and affection for, his alma mater. He was a long-time member of the University Development Board, serving twice as its chairman. As a member of that board, Boyden is acknowledged as the initial motivating force behind the construction of Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Boyden, who died in 1980, honored CMU during his life and the award in his name seeks to honor and continue promotion of his ideals and his university.
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