mgoblue.com: Michigan Women's Football Academy nets $128,000 for U-M Cancer Center
The Michigan football team's camp circuit continues to be a roaring success.
Less than two weeks ago, the Wolverines revived their Michigan Men's Football Experience camp from hiatus and raised $350,000 for prostate cancer research.
They raised another $128,000 for the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center on Saturday at their 14th annual Michigan Women's Football Academy, according to a video posted by the school. They drew 500 participants, a spike from last year's turnout of 320.
That's almost half million dollars raised for cancer research by the Wolverines in the past 10 days.
"This event is something that's unique, I think, across the country," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said in the video. "I think the cancer center and Michigan football and the University of Michigan, I don't know if there's anything better.
"It's just great to have these women out there. The energy. Our kids are doing a tremendous job of coaching and being with them. So, it's been great."
The women went through positional drills in the morning, learning how to throw, catch, kick and block from current Michigan stars such as quarterback Denard Robinson, reigning leading tackler Kenny Demens and Sugar Bowl hero Brendan Gibbons.
"We could use some of them on the field," senior safety Jordan Kovacs said in the video. "They've got a lot intensity. They're having fun, and we're having fun with them."
The women later went through meetings with coaches, including defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, and then went to Michigan Stadium to apply their newly acquired skills in a two-hand touch scrimmage.
Did the players learn a lot?
"I think so," one participant said in the video. "The players are sure cute."