I will be the first to admit that college teams hate one another. Real, stupid, ridiculous hatred. It’s silly, really. Schools with this loathing that reaches beyond human decency, all because of football, basketball, or some other sport. I’ve been there.
It wasn’t because of the school I went to. I went to Eastern Michigan University, a school known for its track, swimming, and women’s basketball teams. An opportunity while in college, however, had me volunteering with the University of Michigan softball and basketball teams, and I quickly fell in love with the Maize and Blue.
Marrying the men’s basketball sports information director only furthered that romanticism.
Because of my marriage, I held strong loyalty for Michigan basketball, but was chastised by my colleagues because I never went to the school. Many of those colleagues went to Michigan State, and their rude nature left me with a sour taste in my mouth. I learned to loathe Michigan State because of it, a mindset that has lasted until recently.
Honestly, I never would have thought that perspective could change.
Enter Chad Carr.
The little boy who stole my heart. It started with the photo of Chad and his mom, Tammi, that I saw after my husband came home with the news that Chad had been diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG. This photo showed Chad looking into the eyes of his momma, and it took me to the many moments I shared with my own two-year-old son. I cried. It hurt.
I then met Chad almost a year later when I helped with his foundation’s 5k in October of 2015 and have since taken on a greater role with his family.
Now the goal is winning $100,000 through University of Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein and the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge. I truly believe we will win it.
Because this little boy has united people who previously loathed one another — people who professed hatred for one another simply for the colors they represented. It seems silly, really, in hindsight. That adults would treat each other with such disrespect simply for the team they cheered for.
Said one supporter of The ChadTough Foundation:
My husband, son and I were just sitting in our family room watching ESPN and my husband said, “this is the first time in my entire life that I’ve ever rooted let alone voted for a coach of ‘that team up North.'” He had just finished voting Coach Beilein.
No sooner did those words come out of his mouth, ESPN went to Stuart Scott’s speech at the Espys. This exact line…
“You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and the manner in which you live.”
We just think this is such a true statement and that it perfectly fits Chad and his family. Their journey has taught such valuable lessons…he didn’t need a reminder but he was given anyway. ? Pretty neat!
ChadTough is as cool as the other side of the pillow!!
We all know how much Ohio State and Michigan fans hate one another … yet here is an Ohio State family loving a Michigan family because of a special little boy who has had a power beyond all of our understanding.
There is no point to this story other than to express awe over Chad Carr and the power he has wielded over so many. His sweet face, brave fight, and selfless family have captured America’s hearts. We don’t know how they do it, but they’re showing all of us what it means to live one day at a time and appreciate what we’ve been given.
That, my friends, is why Coach Beilein and The ChadTough Foundation will win the Infiniti Coaches Challenge. Mark my words.