Michigan Men’s Football Experience with Brady Hoke set for June 4-5

Date: 
04/08/2014 - 10:15am

Event gives participants insider perspective on U-M Football while benefiting prostate cancer research; registration now open

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – This is a chance for Maize and Blue fans to get inside Michigan Football like never before.

The Michigan Men's Football Experience is a two-day event, June 4-5, championed by Michigan Football Coach Brady Hoke and his coaching staff to benefit the Men of Michigan Prostate Cancer Research Fund at the University of Michigan Health System.

Several men run on the Michigan Stadium field to catch a passFunds raised will help to advance awareness, research and treatment of prostate cancer, while giving participants a truly unique insider's perspective on Michigan Football.

The Men's Football Experience is open to Michigan fans across the country. Only 116 players — the number of lockers at Michigan Stadium — will be allowed to register for this team. Each player gets his own personalized locker and will suit up in a personalized jersey in the Michigan Stadium locker room.

“We are excited for you to become a true Wolverine and experience two days of Michigan Football with our entire coaching staff,” Hoke says. "Our staff and trainers look forward to this event every year and can’t wait to see you on our field."

Participants will dine with current coaches and former players at the Legends Dinner, review and analyze game films, and learn insider Michigan Football coaching tips on weight training and conditioning, defensive and offensive plays, and effective winning strategies.

There will be roundtable discussions on leadership, player recruitment and game strategy. Participants will attend a typical team meeting, review an actual scouting report and suit up in the team locker room. After taking the field in the Big House, participants will experience a pre-game warm-up and run patterns from the Michigan offensive and defensive playbooks. Players also have the opportunity to catch a touchdown pass and kick the extra point after scoring a touchdown.

“This ultimate experience is a unique and special tradition for the coaching staff, trainers and Michigan Wolverine fans to experience one of the most well-known and successful football programs in the nation while supporting prostate cancer research,” says U-M Athletic Director Dave Brandon.

The growth of prostate cancer cases is staggering. Today, prostate cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in American men and the second-leading cause of cancer death. At the same time, funding for prostate cancer research is lagging. Through education, screening and early detection, most cases are curable when found before the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

Proceeds generated from this event are used to provide seed grants for innovative prostate cancer research at U-M.

“The National Institutes of Health do not support high-risk/high-reward new research with grant funding until scientific projects are well underway. Your support of the Men of Michigan Prostate Cancer Research Fund helps attain funding for U-M prostate cancer researchers at a time when financial support is critical,” says Ganesh Palapattu, M.D., associate professor of urology and chief of urologic oncology at U-M.

“The Michigan Difference is real: Over the past two decades many of the major discoveries in the field of prostate cancer have been born right here at U-M. With your help, we will continue to lead the way. Your support has the capacity to improve the quality of life for men with this disease as well as save the lives of countless grandfathers, fathers and sons for generations to come. We ask you to join our team and help us achieve our goal of ending suffering from prostate cancer,” adds Palapattu, who is the George F. and Sandra G. Valassis Professor of Urology.

The cost for the two-day experience is $2,500 per person and includes meals and overnight accommodations. Participants receive a game jersey, practice T-shirt, shorts, team photo, highlights on DVD and other gifts and souvenirs.

Check out the Michigan Men's Football Experience video on YouTube.

For more information or to register, visit the Men's Football Experience website or email FootballExperience@umich.edu

Media contact: Aamira Bellamy734-763-6050