Maroon Carpet Interviews: Kevin Love | Steve Jaksa | Dietrich Enns |Ernie Zeigler | Dan Enos
Maroon Room Interviews: Jake Ekkens and Brett Hartmann | Ben Bennett | Nick Bellore and Colin Miller | Steve Jaksa | Tom Borrelli | Jesse Hernandez
MOUNT PLEASANT -- The inaugural CHIPYS, an award show put together by Central Michigan student-athletes to celebrate the year's achievements, was a huge success with over $2,100 raised for the Jimmy V Foundation and approximately 600 people in attendance at Plachta Auditorium on Sept 26.
Sam Russell, Reid Rooney and Brendan Emmett organized and executed the event, including an hour-long Maroon Carpet Show prior to the festivities.
"Everything went really well," Russell said. "We were able to bring a lot of student-athletes and people from around campus together to celebrate a great year while raising money for a great cause."
In addition to being able to help the Jimmy V Foundation, Russell was pleased with another important aspect of the night.
"We wanted to raise money for a great cause, but we also wanted to bring everyone together because we are all part of Central Michigan," Russell said. "It was a night for us all to come together and celebrate a great year."
Awards were presented by CMU athletes and administrators, along with a video presentation of each nominee. Winners received a CHIPY and a chance to address their fellow student-athletes.
Both the Male and Female Athletes of the Year were seniors, but that didn't stop them from accepting their awards. Katie Simon was able to send in a video accepting her award, and former teammate Colin Miller caught Dan LeFevour on his cell phone on stage.
The show also included various skits and videos, emulating the format used during ESPN's ESPYS, which also donates its proceeds to the Jimmy V Foundation.
CMU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee sponsored the event.
"The three of them should be commended," Associate Athletics Director and SAAC mentor Jason Holtman said. "Not only were they able to raise a lot of money, but it was a lot of fun and extremely well organized. This should make everyone proud to be a Chippewa."
2010 CHIPYS Award Winners
Breakthrough Performer - Chelsi Abbott, Soccer
Best Game - football at Michigan State (Sept. 12, 2009)
Best Championship Performance - Raeanne Lohner, Track
Best Upset - soccer vs. No. 24 Purdue (Nov. 13, 2009)
Best Record-Breaking Performance - Dan LeFevour, football
Coach of the Year - Steve Jaksa, baseball
Play of the Year - Andrew Aguila's onside kick/game-winning field goal at Michigan State (Sept. 12, 2009)
Comeback Player of the Year - Jesse Hernandez, baseball
Freshman of the Year - Ben Bennett, wrestling
Female Athlete of the Year - Katie Simon, Gymnastics
Male Athlete of the Year - Dan LeFevour, football
Team of the Year - wrestling