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Football fundraiser

U-M Football Event Supports Cancer Research

Michigan Medicine, in partnership with Michigan Athletics, is gearing up for an event that combines Michigan football and U-M's cancer research.

The Michigan Men's Football Experience runs June 6-7 and is still registering participants.

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The event evolved not from an idea about football, but as a way for a grateful patient to honor the doctor who performed his lifesaving surgery. U-M Athletic Director Dave Brandon, then-CEO of Domino's Pizza, wanted to express his gratitude to James E. Montie, M.D., who was at the time chair of the U-M Department of Urology. Brandon, a former Michigan football player coached by Bo Schembechler, contacted former Coach Lloyd Carr about offering an off-season, 48-hour window into the life of the Michigan football team to help fund prostate cancer research. Carr immediately embraced the idea and, in 2011, Coach Brady Hoke enthusiastically agreed to continue the tradition.

The event is designed to let participants become a member of the Michigan Wolverine football team for two days. They experience on-field training in offensive and defensive schemes and special teams based in the Michigan tradition. They also attend a typical team meeting in Schembechler Hall, review actual practice film, enjoy a pre-game meal and suit up in the Michigan Stadium team locker room - all under the direction of Coach Hoke, his coaching staff and former U-M coaching legends.