Big Ten Network to feature Wolverine football legends' charitable work

Video feature will air at 9:00 p.m. Friday, September 24, 2010 on the Big Ten Network featuring the efforts of Wolverine legends Brian Griese, Steve Hutchinson and Charles Woodson giving back to U-M C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Big Ten Network's Give Big campaign is showcasing the charitable works of Wolverine legends Brian Griese, Steve Hutchinson and Charles Woodson involving U-M's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital - in the hopes that it inspires the Big Ten community to join them in giving.

The video feature will air at 9:00 p.m. Friday, September 24, 2010 on the Big Ten Network featuring the efforts of Wolverine legends Griese, Hutchinson and Woodson giving back to the children's hospital and its programs.

In 2007, Brian Griese and Steve Hutchinson joined together to host a celebrity golf tournament to benefit Mott Children's Hospital. The event raised $1.2 million in its first three years. In 2009, deciding he wanted to be a part of something special, Charles Woodson came on board. The event raised $1 million in its fourth year.

By gathering the support of fellow athletes, these Wolverine legends have made the Champions for Children's Hearts celebrity gala and golf tournament a tremendous success. Their efforts have resulted in vast contributions to the campaign to raise funds for the construction of the new Mott Children's Hospital, which opens in the Fall of 2011.

"These legendary athletes have done so much to help their communities and children," says Patricia Warner, M.P.H., executive director of C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital. "We look forward to Big Ten followers joining them in their efforts to give back and help improve the lives of children."

Give Big is a campaign from the Big Ten Network that recognizes being part of the Big Ten means giving back to our community through volunteering and giving. Many of the qualities that make Big Ten teams successful on the field are the same that help members of the Big Ten community make a difference off the field. Dedication, hard work, putting in the time and working together toward a higher goal are what makes the Big Ten community special. 

For details on the Give Big campaign, visit http://www.btngivebig.com/profile_michigan.html and to join Griese, Hutchinson and Woodson's giving campaign, visit www.champsforchildren.org.

U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital is nationally ranked in eight pediatric specialties in the U.S. News Media Group's 2009 edition of "America's Best Children's Hospitals." A new 1.1 million square feet, $754 million state-of-the-art facility for children and women will provide a new home for cutting-edge specialty services for newborns, children and women such as the pediatric liver transplant program, Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Program, Pediatric and Adolescent Home Ventilator Program, Craniofacial Anomalies Program, high-risk pregnancy services and specialty gynecological services. The new hospital will enhance the inpatient and outpatient services, the world-renowned Michigan Congenital Heart Center, the Birth Center and the Holden Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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