A handful of Michigan football players will be dying their hair orange in honor of a great cause for the team’s Outback Bowl matchup against the South Carolina Gamecocks Monday, Jan. 1.
After defensive lineman Chase Winovich started a campaign to raise money for the ChadTough Foundation, other players decided to join in.
The result was more than $125,000 being raised for the foundation — which was started by the Carr Family in honor of their son Chad, who passed away at age 5 after his tough battle with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), a highly aggressive and difficult to treat brain tumor found at the base of the brain.
The reason for dying their hair orange is because it was Chad’s favorite color.
Here is how the campaign started:
He’s going to DYE HIS HAIR ORANGE for the Outback Bowl if we raise $15,000 for No. 15!
— ChadTough Foundation (@chadtough) December 20, 2017
The Detroit Free-Press followed up with more information on the campaign and players who will be joining in on the cause.
From the report:
As of Christmas afternoon, more than $125,000 has been raised in five days since Winovich first posted a video that was shared on social media. Teammates Maurice Hurst, Grant Newsome, Devin Bush Jr., Josh Metellus and Brown, along with young Michigan fan Larry Prout Jr., who has endured 100 surgeries and has become part of the Michigan program, all joined in on Winovich’s plan and also will dye their hair orange.
Newsome pledged to dye his hair orange if $38,500 was raised, because that’s half his jersey number 77. Hurst said if $73,000 — his number is 73 — was raised, he would go orange, while Bush (jersey No. 10) and Prout raised the bar to $100,000. Winovich then revealed that Brown said he would dye his mustache orange if $125,000 was reached.
What an incredible gesture by the players.
Merry Christmas everyone. What an incredible present honoring our angel!
— ChadTough Foundation (@chadtough) December 25, 2017
Kickoff between the Wolverines and Gamecocks is set for noon ET on ESPN2.