August 15th, 2012 at 8:55 PM ^

Couldnt be more proud.... The 'pay-to play' fees are getting pretty out of control, and I know families that have multiple kids who really, really struggle to afford it...

Way to go Woodley...


August 16th, 2012 at 9:59 AM ^

I hope they don't take advantage of this and raise the cost to play next year figuring Woodley will just cover it.

Always wondered what he would have been like if he had continued The High pipeline to MSU...of what Charles Rogers would have been like had he chosen Michigan instead. Somehow I think Woodley would have turned out ok either way...he's always seemed to have his head on straight. Rogers still feels like a wildcard to me.


August 15th, 2012 at 11:13 PM ^

We live in Midland, a few miles away from Saginaw.  Our daughter is entering 9th grade and has pay to play fees for her swimming this fall.  Last night I said to my wife, "We are so fortunate to be able to afford these fees.  It is awful that there are kids that won't participate in sports because if them."  

Rather than just think about it, Woodley took action.  What a great guy.  He has been coming back to Saginaw and doing a free football camp/cliic for years as well as lots of other activity supporting his hometown.

Makes me very proud.


August 16th, 2012 at 9:53 AM ^

Lacrosse isn't on the menu at The High or The Hill.

The fees cover all sports in every season, so if there were to be a girls' lacrosse team, those girls would have their fee covered as well. Coaches would probably have to coach for the love of coaching.


August 16th, 2012 at 3:42 AM ^

Saginaw is my hometown and these kids 100% needed this. Not only did he make it possible for many kids to play sports, but also saved these kids from joining possible gangs. Most kids around here that quit playing sports end up in gangs at a fairly young age. It's a shame because there is a lot of wasted talent in this city. Props to Lamarr. Great guy.

Blue in Yarmouth

August 16th, 2012 at 10:02 AM ^

It's always nice when people give of themselves to charities of any sort and $60,000.00 is a lot of money. Charles Woodson is often giving money to charities as well which is awesome. 



August 16th, 2012 at 1:56 PM ^

Saginaw schools, my employer, has been in serious debt for quite some time.  They just had a plan approved by the state to cut over $13 million in one year.  Teachers haven't had raises in 2 years, and this year was going to be the first in district history with pay to play, as part of that plan.  This move by Woodley is incredible.  Not only he, but also Jason Richardson both give back a great deal to kids in this district.

Sadly, Charles Rogers isn't giving much back.....


August 16th, 2012 at 2:15 PM ^

When I was in elementary school, we had to buy our own workbooks (not the textbook, but the homework books).  Some kids couldn't afford it, so we had lots of fundraisers.

Pay-to-play is probably going to be the new norm since schools can't afford the basics anymore.