Held Sunday, at 7 p.m. in Plachta Auditorium in Warriner Hall, the Chippys is an awards show put on by Central Michigan athletes and will raise funds for the Michigan Special Olympics. The public is invited, and admission is $5 at the door.
“We’re trying to recognize our accomplishments over the year,” said Jeremy Ploch, adviser to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which oversees the Chippys. “It’s a night celebrating athletic and academic performances. Athletes, coaches, professors and special guests will all be there.”
Now in its fourth year, the event is hosted by pitcher Sean Renzi and infielder Pat MacKenzie of the CMU baseball team.
The entire athletic department will be there, sporting formal dress and filling up the auditorium. Last year, more than 600 people attended the show, and they’re only hoping for more this year.
“All of the athletes and their parents will be there, and we invite the public too,” Ploch said.
A variety of last year’s star athletes, coaches and professors have the opportunity to receive awards in different categories, including best male and female athlete, best play, breakthrough athlete and a number of others. Anyone on campus can vote for their favorite nominee and can find the link to the voting page on the Chippys Twitter page, @Chippys2013.
In addition to donating all proceeds from ticket sales, the Chippys will feature guests from the Special Olympics to present the awards.
“We’ve got a great partnership with Michigan Special Olympics, and we wanted to give back,” Ploch said. “It’s a great night to support a good cause that’s close to the athletes’ hearts, as well as CMU’s athletics department. I absolutely recommend this to someone who has never done this sort of thing.”