Ex-Michigan football player LaMarr Woodley covers pay-to-play fees for entire school district
Jeff Schrier | Saginaw News
Off the field, however, he's done plenty to make life better for others.
According to a Saginaw News report, the former Wolverine and current Pittsburgh Steeler will donate $60,000 to the Saginaw Public Schools athletic department to ensure no student athlete has to pay-to-participate for the 2012-13 school year.
According to the report, because of cuts to the athletic budget, the school system recently instituted pay-to-participate fees for the first time in Saginaw Public Schools history, charging high school students $75 a year to participate in athletics.
“When LaMarr heard about it, it bothered him,” said Malcom Staples, Woodley’s uncle and business advisor. “When LaMarr was playing sports, if his family had to pay $75, they probably could have done it, but it would not have been a simple thing. It would be a hardship for a lot of people, even if they could come up with the money.”
Woodley grew up in Saginaw and graduated from Saginaw High in 2003. The donation will pay participation fees at Saginaw High as well as at rival Saginaw Arthur Hill.