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December 30, 2011
By Chris Hmielewski , Marshall Independent

Hello Mustang Fans!

It is hard to believe that 2012 is right around the corner.

I would like to provide you with some important information about the Believe in Brown card program the SMSU Athletics Department, started this fall. Here are a few of the local businesses you can be redeeming cash back on your purchases by using the Believe in Brown card:

- Borch's Sporting Goods

- Brauhaus Restaurant & Bar

- Burger King

Fact Box

Hoofprints Trivia Question

How many of the SMSU Athletic Department coaches and/or staff members were Division III?student-athletes?

The first person to email Chris Hmielewski at with the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU t-shirt.

- County Fair Food Store

- Dairy Queen

- Hardees

- KirPatrick's

- Mike's Cafe

- Perkins

- Slumberland

- Subway

- Valley Discount Liquor

By using the Believe in Brown card at these businesses, you earn a percentage (five percent on average) back on your card for future purchases at the individual businesses. You, the cardholder, decide when you would like to redeem the rewards that accumulate on the Believe in Brown card. Each business has loaded a reward for you to use once you go to and register your card. You need to register your card in order to redeem the preloaded benefits provided to you by the businesses.

Your registration into the program creates your own personal webpage within the website for you to track your transactions at the participating businesses, as well as view the rewards you have accumulated at the various businesses. The website also lists all the businesses that are participating in the program in Marshall, surrounding Southwestern Minnesota towns and throughout the state.

How does this benefit SMSU athletics? When you use your Believe in Brown card at the businesses in the program, a percentage of your purchase goes back to Mustang athletics. Each business has agreed to give a percentage of your purchases back to SMSU Athletics because of your loyalty and support of the Believe in Brown card program. It is a wonderful program that earns the Believe in Brown cardholder cash back on his/her purchases at participating businesses while helping SMSU athletics, with a percentage of your purchase going to SMSU athletics in support of athletic scholarship.

If you would like a Believe in Brown card, please come up to the SMSU Department of Athletics on the third floor of Founders Hall. We have plenty of cards available for those people who would like to get registered with our loyalty program and begin earning cash back rewards at the participating businesses all in support of Mustang athletics.

The SMSU softball program will be hosting a Winter Skills Clinic on Jan. 22 and 29 at the PE Gym in Marshall.

The camp, under the direction of first-year head coach Missy Bruggeman and the SMSU softball team, is open for individuals in grades 2-12. The youth clinic is for individuals in grades 2-6, and is from 1-2 p.m. both days. The offensive/defensive clinic is for grades 7-12 and will take place from 2:15-4:15 p.m., while the pitching/catching clinic is also for grades 7-12 and is from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

The cost is $30 for the two youth clinics, $30 for the two pitching/catching clinics and $40 for the two offensive/defensive clinics. Individuals can sign-up for both the pitching/catching and offensive/defensive clinics.

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Upcoming Schedule of Events for Mustang Athletics:

The SMSU men's basketball team will return to NSIC competition on the road Monday and Tuesday. SMSU (5-5, 4-2 NSIC) will face Minnesota-Crookston (4-5, 0-5 NSIC) on Monday, starting at 8 p.m., before taking on Minnesota State University-Moorhead (9-0, 5-0 NSIC) on Tuesday, with tipoff slated for 8 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off a 73-67 victory on Dec. 17 over Upper Iowa University.

The SMSU women's basketball team will return to NSIC action on Monday and Tuesday. The Mustangs (3-7, 2-4 NSIC) will head to Minnesota-Crookston (6-3, 3-2 NSIC) on Monday, at 6 p.m., before taking on Minnesota State University-Moorhead (4-5, 1-4 NSIC) on Tuesday, also with a start time of 6 p.m. Mustang women's basketball is coming off a 75-59 victory over Upper Iowa University on Dec. 17 in the R/A Facility.

The SMSU wrestling and wheelchair basketball teams will also be back in action after the holiday season. Mustang wrestling will host Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. in the PE Gym, while wheelchair basketball will head to Champaign, Ill. on Jan. 21 to play four games in two days at the University of Illinois.

Good luck to all of our teams this week and Believe in Brown!

n No one was able to provide the answer last week's Mustang Hoofprints Question: What is the average athletic scholarship given to a Mustang student-athlete at SMSU? The average athletic scholarship for our 307 student-athletes at SMSU was $2,146 in 2010-11.



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