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Central Missouri earns 2012 Division II Game-Environment Award

By David Pickle

A special street fair that kicked off the start of the 2012 football season and a tribute to the military earned Central Missouri the Division II Game-Environment Award for 2012.

The street fair, called “Get the Red Out,” brought together many merchants from Warrensburg and provided Central Missouri students and community patrons and opportunity to enjoy a festive time together.

“Get the Red Out” led up to the home opener against Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association rival Northwest Missouri State and “Military Appreciation Day,” which was presented by the Missouri National Guard. Pregame ceremonies included recognition of military heroes with a flyover by a Missouri National Guard Apache Helicopter. Also, representatives from the Missouri National Guard and nearby Whiteman Air Force Base participated in the pregame coin toss.

The pregame festivities also included a ceremony honoring Division II’s sponsorship of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and supporting Charly Erpelding, a Wish kid with connections to Central Missouri and Northwest Missouri State.

At halftime, the Missouri National Guard, which is also sponsoring Central Missouri’s new scoreboard/videoboard, conducted a ceremony in which several new recruits were sworn into military service.

It also was the first game for the new “Command Pass,” which allows active-duty military personnel and family members – along with Central Missouri faculty and staff (and family members) – to receive free admission to any regular-season home athletics event.

All conference winners of the Division II Game-Environment Award will receive a $500 award.


Game-Environment Award winners for 2012

Cal State East Bay, California Collegiate Athletic Association, “Pioneer 1K Pack the House Challenge”

Central Missouri, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, “Get the Red Out” and “Military Appreciation Day”

Concordia-St. Paul, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, “Day of Heroes”

Georgia State College and University, Peach Belt Conference, “Battle of the Cats”

Georgian Court, Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, “Celebration of Girls in Sports Day”

Lincoln (Pa.), Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, “Lincoln Legacy Walk”

Mount Olive College, Conference Carolinas, “Blackout”

Queens (N.Y.), East Coast Conference, “MidKnight Madness”

Rockhurst, Great Lakes Valley Conference, “Jam the Gym”

Saint Leo University, Sunshine State Conference, “ROARwards Cash Jackpot”

Southeastern Oklahoma, Great American Conference, “Junior Captains”