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BTN LiveBIG: Michigan State retiree takes a hike

During his upcoming 3,100-mile hike over the entire length of the Continental Divide U.S. Scenic Trail, Ken Dawson will make his way across five states and up peaks that go as high as 14,270 feet. The journey should take about five months — that is, if he keeps up his goal of maintaining a grueling 20 mile-a-day pace.

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BTN LiveBIG: Michigan State's New2U program open to all

When Maxwell Olivero started his journey at Michigan State University in 2010, he was pleasantly surprised to find his new school had made a special effort to reach out to him. The New2U program, developed by MSU’s Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Resource Center (LBGTRC), helped provide him with “a very positive support system” as soon as he arrived on campus.

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BTN LiveBIG: 4th and 1 Camp helping kids prepare for life

Miami Dolphins Director of Player Development Kaleb Thornhill enjoys mentoring kids. So when he found out about the non-profit youth football and academic camp 4th and 1 and its mission to help student-athletes from disadvantaged backgrounds go to college, he knew he needed to bring it to his alma mater, Michigan State University, in his hometown, East Lansing, Mich.

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BTN LiveBIG: Evans Scholarships driving education home

The Evans Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards available in the United States, and it has an influence over its scholars for not only the time they are in college but the years that follow. But the influence goes beyond the financial aid it provides the college students.

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BTN LiveBIG: MSU names I Have A Dream winners

Four students have been chosen as winners in the Michigan State University “I Have a Dream” essay contest. From quesadillas to immigration to Jiminy Cricket, the essay writers used a variety of topics to join the conversation happening on the campus of MSU around “the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to end segregation in America.”

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BTN LiveBIG: Spartans, Red Wings faceoff for charity

Four years ago, Ryan Miller was named the Most Outstanding Player as the United States men’s hockey team won the silver medal. This weekend, the US will be playing for the bronze and “home” will have their collective eyes on the ice in Sochi.

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BTN LiveBIG: Mateen Cleaves helping Michigan families

Led by the enormous smile and clutch play of point guard Mateen Cleaves – a Flint, Mich., native – the Michigan State Spartans won the NCAA championship that 2000. The victory capped the most decorated basketball career in Michigan State history for Cleaves before moving on to the NBA, where he played seven seasons.

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BTN LiveBIG: MSU's "Great Dane" helping military families

These days, the average career of an NFL player is less than four seasons, according to the NFL Players Association. A kicker from Michigan State nicknamed “The Great Dane” spent an unheard of 25 seasons employed by the NFL and remains the all-time leading scorer with 2,544 points.

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