Winter sports wrap-up

04-09-2007

Congratulations to the NCAA hockey champions—the MSU Spartans! I would like to invite the MSU and Greater Lansing communities to a parade celebrating the team, coaches, staff and fans at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10. The parade will begin at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing and will end at Munn Ice Arena with a celebration lasting until approximately 8:15 p.m.

In addition to celebrating this extraordinary accomplishment, I would like to say how proud I am of all our winter intercollegiate sports teams, staff and fans for their outstanding representation of Team MSU.

We have had a great run with our athletic teams this season. Gymnastics, wrestling, women’s basketball, men’s basketball and hockey were all invited to participate in NCAA tournaments. According to Michael Jordan, “talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence make champions.” I congratulate all of our teams for their efforts and accomplishments.

At its best, intercollegiate athletics has a way of bringing the community together. This was made very clear when Michigan State University recently hosted the NCAA women’s basketball tournament’s first- and second-round games. The Breslin Center drew the largest total crowd of all sites, with 21,340 fans passing through the turnstiles during the three sessions of the four-day event. It was a great opportunity to share our beautiful campus and give our guests a glimpse of what a wonderful place MSU is. My congratulations and thanks to all who worked so hard to make this a successful event.

At MSU we’re pleased that our students take their athletics, teamwork and educational endeavors seriously. I’m delighted to report that 304 student-athletes maintained a 3.0 cumulative GPA for fall 2006, while 36 of them achieved a perfect 4.0 for the semester.

Thank you student-athletes, fans, coaches, faculty and staff for all that you do for Team MSU.

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