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U-M football coach Carr teams up with fans to benefit cancer fund

originally posted June 13, 2002

ANN ARBOR, MI - On June 15, University of Michigan's head football coach, Lloyd Carr, will lead a team at Michigan Stadium that will never play in any of the bowl games and doesn't have any players in contention for the Heisman Trophy or the Butkus Award.

In fact, these players aren't the typical 18 - 25 year-old college males you'd generally see carrying the ball for the maize and blue, either - they're all women. And although they may never actually play against teams in the Big 10 or start a professional football career, their hard work on the field will score funds for cancer patients through the Coach Carr Cancer Fund [this link will open in a second browser window].

For the past three years, Carr has brought women out onto U-M's field for the Michigan Football Women's Academy. While the academy has served as the primary fundraiser for the Coach Carr Cancer Fund, it's also worked to educate women about the positive aspects of the game: teamwork, a good work ethic, sportsmanship, leadership and responsibility.

At the academy, Carr, along with the entire U-M coaching staff, football players and volunteers, will teach this year's group of 625 women the fundamentals of each position on the field, how to throw a football, various running and passing plays, and much more.

After some instruction at Schembechler Hall and the Wolverine football practice field, the women will have the opportunity to run through the tunnel and onto the field at Michigan Stadium to run offensive and defensive plays. All participants will also be treated to lunch provided by the event's premier sponsor, Outback Steakhouse.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Oosterbaan Fieldhouse and the formal camp will start at 9:15 a.m. The day will end at approximately 3 p.m.

About the fund
Carr and his wife, Laurie, established this fund for patient care programs in memory of his mother, Pauline, who died of breast cancer. The Coach Carr Cancer Fund is an endowed fund at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center. Last year, the endowment supported UMCCC's caregivers program, "Strength For Caring."

Funds from the Carr endowment have also helped support programs such as the "School Re-entry" program and the "Healing Arts" initiative.


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