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Ex-Wolverines raise more than $1 million for children’s hospital

Champions for Children's Hearts

As they have every year since 2007, several former Michigan football players returned to Ann Arbor for a charity near and dear to their collective hearts.  And, as is ofttimes the case, the group surpassed the seven-figure mark yet again.

In a series of events dubbed “Champions for Children’s Hearts,” ex-Wolverines Brian Griese, Steve Hutchinson (pictured) and Charles Woodson helped raise more than $1 million that will be earmarked for Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.  The events included a Mott Takeover radiothon on WTKA-AM, auction, $1,000-a-plate dinner Saturday night and a golf outing Sunday.

Both current and former members of the football program were involved in the charity, whose goal is to make Mott the top children’s hospital in the country.

Our goal would be to make Mott No. 1,” Hutchinson said according to “It’s top 10 in the country for children’s hospitals — our goal would be to get it No. 1. Michigan’s trying to be No. 1 in everything. The hospital, we want it No. 1.

“I don’t think we could have ever imagined the amount of money we take in every year now. We’re over $1 million every year — for a one tournament and one night gala, it’s crazy.”

Or, as UM athletic director Dave Brandon, whose saw the lives of his twin sons and a grandchild saved by the hospital, put it, “Whatever Mott wants, Mott gets, as far as I’m concerned.”

Kudos to the entire Michigan football program and community for their tireless efforts for such a worthy cause.

(Photo credit: University of Michigan)

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13 Responses to “Ex-Wolverines raise more than $1 million for children’s hospital”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: May 19, 2013 10:16 PM

    Hutchinson and friends have a great attitude, which met with great success!

    Sincere congrats to the ex-Wolverines and fans who made such an effort a resounding success.

  2. elwaysmilehighdenver says: May 19, 2013 10:45 PM

    Great to see these athletes give of their time and money to help children in need.
    Mott is a world class children’s hospital!
    Classy UM. Go Blue!!!

  3. barbeaux says: May 20, 2013 12:44 AM

    How much did *they* contribute? Just curious.

  4. usm418 says: May 20, 2013 12:57 AM

    This annual event is a great fundraiser. The Michigan alumni and friends helped an outstanding institution.

  5. philliesblow says: May 20, 2013 7:48 AM

    On behalf of Spartans everywhere, great work guys. Keep it up!

  6. normtide says: May 20, 2013 8:00 AM

    That’s pure class and heart. Godspeed Wolverines.

  7. jrs45 says: May 20, 2013 8:26 AM

    Awesome story! With all of the bad news in our society it’s good to see something like this. True class gentlemen.


    OSU Alum

  8. takingbovadasmoney says: May 20, 2013 8:38 AM

    Babs – Woodson himself has given over 2 million dollars to the hospital since 2007.

  9. takingbovadasmoney says: May 20, 2013 8:44 AM

  10. BrownsTown says: May 20, 2013 9:24 AM

    Thumbs up.

  11. tigersgeaux says: May 20, 2013 2:33 PM

    When I was in college, I worked in a children’s ward, then a children’s hospital. Since that time, I volunteer, and also help with fund raising.

    This is great stuff, what the distinguished alums of UM have done and continue to do. Not enough is said about the tremendous good that these athletes, some stars, and some not so well known, have done for the kids! I wish we heard more about these things and less about arrests in the off-season.

    Congratulations to these gentlemen! Great work!

  12. desal2ds says: May 20, 2013 3:28 PM

    Makes it even easier to root for these guys. Go Blue and All the best to Mott Children’s hospital

  13. brewcrewfan54 says: May 21, 2013 12:29 AM

    Athlete’s with their heads in straight. I live hearing these stories and ine more reason for me to love Chuck Woodson.

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