Dear Michigan State fans,
I was at yesterday’s ‘Signing of the Stars’ event.
I know it was a tad over the top. Okay, I know it was a lot over the top. It was a combination of ESPN Gameday and the Oscars. Tom Brady, Derek Jeter, Ric Flair, Jim Leyland, Lou Holtz, Mike Shanahan and Phil Hellmuth all made appearances. Videos of Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Charles Woodson, and Drew Brees were played.
I wouldn’t have been shocked if President Obama himself had taken the stage to inaugurate the 2016 Michigan football recruiting class.
Jim Harbaugh was in his element, working the crowd and having a great time. As crazy as it was, it was fun. You hated it.
Hey, I don’t blame you. I can guarantee Michigan fans would have hated the exact same event had it been “Dantonio-Palooza” instead of the other way around. After all, loathing one another is what sports rivalries are all about. It’s what makes them fun. What pleasure would we get out of genuinely enjoying one another’s success? Lame, I tell you.
Well, as you (justifiably) chuckled over yesterday’s event, you probably caught wind that it raised more than $110,000 for The ChadTough Foundation. You will remember ChadTough from the time your marching band helped script “#ChadTough” on the field after a win over Michigan. Your players also wore “ChadTough” decals on their helmets to honor him last season.
He was an incredible, silly, fun little boy who, as mom Tammi said yesterday, accomplished more in his five years than many accomplish in a lifetime. See, Chad’s foundation is raising money and bringing much-needed awareness to Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG. It’s an inoperable brain tumor that takes the lives of children within about a year of diagnosis. There is no cure.
The fact that yesterday’s ChadTough fundraising event is creating a stir between Michigan and Michigan State is actually poetic. See, Chad — who came from two Michigan football bloodlines in the Carr and Curtis families — loved to tease his family that he preferred Michigan State over Michigan. It’s something that endears him to Spartans and is part of Chad’s magic.
The ChadTough Foundation is glad to have you mocking Michigan today after yesterday’s event. Not only does it keep the nation talking about ChadTough and DIPG, it’s something Chad undoubtedly would have enjoyed.
So, Spartans, feel free to make fun of Michigan, but don’t forget to smile that little Chad is probably getting a kick out of it. Then donate to The ChadTough Foundation to help him complete his mission that began with his diagnosis on September 23, 2014, and continues with his family’s fight.
The ChadTough Foundation will be a part of the movement that finds a cure for the monster that is DIPG. Once that happens, it will be able to boast that it did so thanks to the undying support from Wolverines and Spartans alike.
One ChadTough Supporter who just happens to wear Maize and Blue