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      NMU begins Wildcat Beacon House Tuesdays

      (Courtesy of NMU Athletics)

      MARQUETTE -- The Northern Michigan University Athletic Department is spearheading Wildcat Beacon House Tuesdays. NMU intercollegiate athletic teams, cheerleaders, USOEC teams, club sports teams, recreational sports staff and administrators are providing meals to the visitors at the Beacon House on Tuesdays throughout the 2013-14 school year.

      Swimming and diving coach Heidi Voigt developed the idea and organized the participation. â??Iâ??ve wanted to do something in support of the Beacon House for a couple years now and finally came up with this idea. I started by signing up my team, and other coaches were interested and it blossomed into a full schedule for the year. My team is very excited about it!â??

      The community and local restaurants are encouraged to donate meals and participate. People or businesses willing to donate can contact coach Voigt (906-227-2827) or Mary (906-225-7100) at the Beacon House. Signs are available in show of support of donations.

      â??This event is going to be great for everyone involved,â?? Voigt added. â??It will get our student-athletes, students, coaches and administrators out into the community with an opportunity to give back to individuals and families who will appreciate our help. We sometimes get so caught up in the hoopla of college life that it will be a good chance to step back for an hour or so and provide needed help to others enduring stressful times in their lives.â??

      The NMU cheerleaders were the first team to participate with the first dinner served on Aug. 27. Every Tuesday is full until the end of April with most teams serving at least two meals during the year.