April 22, 2003
CONTACT: Ward Mullens

‘Walk For Women’s Athletics’ To Raise Money for Scholarships

YPSILANTI – One small step for your health can help women’s athletics at Eastern Michigan University continue to make strides.
The Second Annual Walk for Women’s Athletics, an event to raise money for scholarships and program costs, is Saturday, May 10, 9:45 a.m., at EMU’s Convocation Center.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to get some exercise in the company of friends and help support the women athletes at Eastern Michigan University,” said Pam Kirkpatrick, chair of the event and wife of EMU President Samuel A. Kirkpatrick.

“We have a 70 percent graduation rate among our women athletes,” said Carole Huston, senior associate athletics director at EMU. “But there is still a need for fifth-year aid. That need has not lessened any. Our expectations are great, but reachable with support for this walk.”

EMU has 12 women’s sports and more than 250 women athletes. EMU women’s sports include: basketball, softball, indoor track, volleyball, rowing, golf, soccer, tennis, gymnastics, swimming and diving, outdoor track and cross-country.

There is a $25 pledge requirement from each participant. Team participation is encouraged and corporate sponsorships are available.

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt Road. There will be a Wellness Warm Up following check-in that includes demonstrations of Yoga, Pilates, step aerobics, and rowing machines. There also will be a golf swing clinic for participants.

The walk begins at 10 a.m. on the track at Rynearson Stadium. Participants can jog or walk for the 30-minute event.
A continental breakfast follows the walk.

For more information, call 734.487.8236.