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Former U-M football stars host celebrity gala and golf tournament to benefit U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

Brian Griese, Steve Hutchinson and Charles Woodson host 7th annual Champions for Children’s Hearts


The 7th Annual Champions for Children’s Hearts celebrity gala and golf tournament – presented by Delta Airlines and Lexus of Ann Arbor and hosted by Brian Griese, Steve Hutchinson and Charles Woodson -- is Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19.

The weekend event, has raised nearly $5 million over the past six years, and will benefit C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the U-M Congenital Heart Center.

The weekend will kick-off Friday, May 17 with an 11-hour radio-a-thon from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sports Talk 1050 WTKA-AM, featuring Mott patients, former U-M football players and coaches to raise funds for The Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund. This fund supports research to help cure illnesses and develop advances to help improve the quality of life of sick children. Listeners that day can make a contribution by calling 800-559-2657 or online at or

Donations are accepted at any level but fans will receive giveaways for donating at the following levels:

  • $25: Seat cushions, game day-approved
  • $50: Charles Woodson t-shirt
  • $120: Custom Fathead Block M logo with Charles Woodson signature
  • $240: U-M Mini autographed helmets
  • $500: Scrimmage sideline passes and U-M autographed mini helmet (quantity 40)
  • $1,000: Autographed football by Griese, Hutchinson and Woodson (quantity 3)
  • $1,500: Woodson Lounge access at M Den for 2 people from 4-6:00pm on May 17th. Guests can bring 1 item to be autographed (quantity 15)
  • $2,500: Full-size helmet signed by everyone at WTKA on May 17th (quantity 1)
  • $500: Block ‘M’ flag signed by all athletes at WTKA on May 17th - auctioned off all day, $500 opening bid (quantity 1)

A special gala dinner on Saturday evening will feature more than 500 celebrity athletes, sponsors and supporters from across the country at the Al Glick Fieldhouse at 1000 S. State Street in Ann Arbor. The evening will feature a silent and live auction, dinner and a program featuring former Mott patients.

On Sunday, over 40 former U-M athletes and celebrities, current and former NFL players and personalities will join sponsors and Mott Hospital supporters for a round of golf at the U-M Golf Course located at 500 E. Stadium Blvd. in Ann Arbor. Athletes and celebrities expected to attend (attendees subject to change):

  • Charles Woodson – current DB
  • Jay Feely – K, Arizona Cardinals
  • David Baas –OL, NY Giants
  • Larry Foote – LB, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Jake Long – OL, St. Louis Rams
  • Tony Scheffler – TE, Detroit Lions
  • Ryan Lindley – QB, Arizona Cardinals
  • Former offensive lineman – Steve Hutchinson, Zach Adami, Jeff Backus, Steve Everitt, Steve Fraizer, Ben Mast, Marc Milia, Maurice Williams, Klye Frolich  and Joe Sgroi
  • Former quarterbacks – John Navarre, Scott Driesbach, John Wangler, Dave Brandon and Jeff Kastl
  • Former backs – Chris Perry, Chris Floyd, Anthony Thomas and Mike Hart
  • Former tight ends –Mark Campbell, Aaron Shea, Kevin Koger, Andy Mignery and Jerame Tuman
  • Former receivers – Amani Toomer and Ron Bellamy
  • Former kickers – Phil Brabbs and Remy Hamiliton
  • Former defensive lineman – James Hall, Glen Steele, Brian Townsend and Rob Renes
  • Former linebackers – Clint Copenhaver, PJ Cwayna, Vic Hobson, Dhani Jones, Chris Singletary, Rob Swett and Eric Mayes
  • Former defensive backs – Jamar Adams, Erik Campbell, Zia Combs, Marlin Jackson, Cato June, Morgan Trent and Marcus Ray
  • Coaches – Brady Hoke, Al Borges, Lloyd Carr, Ron English, Bob Lopez, Roy Manning and Greg Mattison
  • Basketball – Stu Douglas, Zack Novak, Travis Conlan, Dugan Fife, Jimmy King and CJ Lee
  • Swimming – Dan Ketchum and Peter Vanderkaay
  • Wrestler – Pat Owen
  • Hockey – Marty Turco
  • Sports Broadcasters – Brian Griese, Dana Jacobson and Adam Schefter
  • Voices of UM football – Frank Beckmann and Jim Brandstatter

For more information on Champions for Children’s Hearts please visit

Media may attend the gala and golf outing. RSVP to Aamira Bellamy at or 734.763.6050.

About C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital: Since 1903, the University of Michigan has led the way in providing comprehensive, specialized health care for children. From leading-edge heart surgery that's performed in the womb to complete emergency care that's there when you need it, families from all over come to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital for our pediatric expertise. For more information, go to

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