More Than 1,700 Children Take Part in Sparrow Michigan Mile
EAST LANSING, Mich. — On a bright Saturday morning in June, more than 1,745 laced up their running shoes and took part in the sixth annual Sparrow Michigan Mile, a race designed for children up to the age of 13. Kids ages seven and up participated in a one-mile run, and kids under six years of age took part in the KIDSPRINT.
MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has been a sponsor of this event since the beginning, providing funds and volunteers to cheer on the participants and promote exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.
“We were pleased to be a part of this annual event,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU’s Chief Community Development Officer. “Helping people make their overall well-being a priority is a focus at MSUFCU, and supporting the Sparrow Michigan Mile event is great way for us to help support this initiative.”
Nine MSUFCU employees were among the many volunteers who came out to cheer on the kids and pass out medals at the end. Each child that participated in one of the races received a free t-shirt and gold medal.
“The Sparrow Michigan Mile is part of our commitment to encourage physical activity in kids and improve the health of families in our community,” said Katie Hubbard, Wellness Coordinator for Sparrow Health and Wellness. “We truly could not offer this memorable event for kids without the support of MSUFCU. Their support and partnership has helped us reach more than 12,000 mid-Michigan children and their families.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and for the fifth year, was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For. MSUFCU has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for five consecutive years, and was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for six years in a row. The Credit Union has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 275,000 members, nearly $4.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees.