Suzy Merchant wins community impact award

EAST LANSING, Michigan – Michigan State Women’s Basketball Head Coach Merchant Suzy will win the Davies Project’s first Community Impact Award on Thursday for its continued work with Retiree EmowHER.

The Community Impact Award is an honor bestowed on a member of the community who is a champion of children in the Greater Lansing area. This recipient is seen as a partner in the effort to provide our children with the tools they need to be able to reach their full potential.

The Davies Project (TDP) is a Lansing-based nonprofit that provides free non-emergency transportation and resources to families with critically ill children to get them to their medical appointments. TDP also transports pregnant women to their antenatal appointments and parents to the neonatal intensive care unit.

Merchant has been active in the Lansing community since arriving in 2007. She has served as Honorary Chair of numerous events including Ele’s Place, Sparrow Foundation’s Hike for Hospice, Women Working Wonders, MSU Children’s Health Initiative, Women’s Center of Lansing, Haven House, Ronald McDonald House, Advent House Ministries, Old Newsboys’ Shoe and Coat Drive, and Muscular Dystrophy Association.

In 2016, Merchant participated in the creation of the EmowHER retreat. EmowHER is designed to build confidence in girls by offering interactive workshops focused on the importance of empowerment, confidence, health and wellness, and relationship building. In 2018, Merchant received the ATHENA Leadership Award from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. The award honors individuals who strive to achieve the highest levels of professional achievement, who excel in their chosen field, who have dedicated time and energy to their community, and who lead the way in other women.