In A2.com, Mike Rothstein recaps the wildly successful fourth edition of the Brian Griese, Steve Hutchinson, Charles Woodson Champions for Children's Hearts weekend. The weekend's events raised more than $1.9M (not counting the $3M donated by Al Glick and his foundation to name the seventh floor of the new hospital after Lloyd Carr).
But Hutchinson and Woodson are not satisfied. They want to expand the event and will likely move to add other purposes for the donated funds:
Hutchinson and Charles Woodson said they are going to try and make the bigger next year. With the $75 million for the new hospital almost fully raised, Hutchinson said they will shift where the donated money goes. But the tournament will go on — and potentially expand.
Former Michigan basketball player and current Wolverines’ director of basketball operations Travis Conlan was a fixture at the event’s festivities this year and Jalen Rose showed up this year for Saturday's dinner.
Hutchinson said he’s also spoken to Juwan Howard about getting involved. And he’s holding out hope the biggest Michigan name from the past three decades, Tom Brady, might eventually make an appearance.
“You get guys, the Fab Five back, you keep getting people like that back, maybe one of these times we’ll get Tom Brady back, if his schedule works,” said Hutchinson. “Just a huge draw if people know they are coming and are beating on the door to come down. As long as that happens, you’re selling yourself short if you don’t grow with it.”“It’s as good as it’s been,” Woodson said. “But I think we can get bigger. We’ll try to think of ways to make that happen next year, but this year was absolutely incredible.”
I don't put anything past these guys, especially if they can get more of the most popular former Wolverines players (Tom Brady, Desmond Howard, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose) to lend their names and time to the event.
[Within five posts is my bet, BTW.]