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      MTU, NMU share NCAA Award of Excellence

      Courtesy: MTU

      The NCAA recently announced that Michigan Tech is one of 26 conference and independent recipients of the 2014 Division II Award of Excellence, recognizing events and activities that exemplify the type of community engagement the division emphasizes.Examples of events the award seeks to recognize include activities associated with Division II partner Make-A-Wish, military appreciation, community engagement, game environment, student-athlete leadership development and educational programming.Michigan Tech partnered with GLIAC rival Northern Michigan on Madisonâ??s Wish, a Make-A-Wish fundraiser for a Hancock, Mich., girl who wishes to go to Disney World. Madison suffers from Nemaline Rod Myopathy.Techâ??s Student-Athlete Advisory Council has been working since the start of the fall to raise funds for Madisonâ??s Wish. They are selling T-shirts at all home athletic events, running a chuck-a-puck contest at hockey games, hosting a bounce-o-rama for area youth in the spring, holding 50/50 raffles at home basketball games, putting on an Ultimate Frisbee tournament in the spring and working at dine-and-donate events at local restaurants.â??Our student-athletes have been involved in fundraising for Make-A-Wish Foundation for a number of years,â?? said Tech Athletic Director Suzanne Sanregret. â??They also really value our community and want to find ways to give back. Madisonâ??s Wish has provided a great opportunity to join those two ideas together.â??Itâ??s exciting to see the character and compassion of our student-athletes recognized by the NCAA.â??2014 Division II Award of Excellence winners were each awarded $500 for the event or activity in which they were recognized. One winner from each of Division IIâ??s 24 conferences plus an independent were honored.The NCAA highlighted Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan as being the first co-recipients of the award from the same conference.