By: Phillip Lutz, Sports Editor
Recently the some of the Michigan football team members and staff went orange in support of the Chad Tough organization during their Outback Bowl appearance.
Redshirt junior Chase Winovich started the effort with his messages on social media that if people donated $15,000 he would color his hair orange. This led other members of the team to also follow suit.
Grant Newsome said he would dye his hair if $38,000 was raised. Maurice Hurst said he would at $73,000. Devin Bush and Josh Metellus also said they would if $100,000 was raised. Larry Prout Jr. also vowed for his to be done at $100,000.
Defensive coordinator Don Brown would also dye his mustache if $150,000 was raised. Jon Jansen said about Don Brown’s coloring his stash on Twitter “It was a great thing. It was very, very cool of him to do.”
The night before the game as the players were all getting dyed, Winovich took to social media again asking for another $10,000 to be raised from $174,000 to $184,000 in a single hour that Amazon film director Jason Katz and Michigan Sports Information Director David Ablauf would also go orange for the game.
The donors came through and the money was raised. At last count the players had raised over $200,000 dollars.
The Chad Tough organization was founded to find a cure for DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). The Chad Tough Foundation supports pediatric brain tumor research and studies nationwide. It was named after Chad Carr who was the grandson of former Michigan Football coach Lloyd Carr. Chad died on November 23, 2015 after a yearlong battle he was fighting with brain cancer.
This foundation is set up to find a cure for this form of brain cancer and is being worked on at hospitals around the world but especially at Mott Children’s hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
This fund raising campaign is ever sweeter by the news that Ron Weiser a University of Michigan regent said that he would match all money raised by the Wolverines for the Chad Tough foundation up to one million dollars. Weiser is also the one helping fund the new engineering building on the UM-Dearborn campus.
The Chad Tough Foundation said on Twitter “Thank you for your willingness to use your platform for good, @Chase_Winovich!”
The foundation also got a very nice segment on national television during the Outback Bowl game.