Dave Brandon on Big House Big Heart: U-M would rather organize its own charity run
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University of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon told 1290 WLBY radio host Lucy Ann Lance Wednesday morning that he supports hosting a fundraising race that ends at Michigan Stadium, but says he no longer wants to partner with Champions for Charity.
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"As it relates to putting our name on it and having our facility be used, we'd rather go in a different direction and that's for reasons that we all feel are important and valid and the community should know we are going to continue to support charitable causes," Brandon offered, also saying: "We think a race that ends in the Big House is a good idea."
In his interview with Lance, Brandon said the university would rather organize a charity run through its own channels. He said when partnering with a charitable organization, the athletic department looks at an organizations's management structure, financial transparency, overhead and ability to work with the department well.
"If we can get more money routed to the charities because there isn't a profit motive, we're always going to prefer to go that route," he said. "Since we are in the business of athletics we know how to put on athletic events, because that's what we do. So if we can come up with ideas and ways that we can put on events and more net dollars and proceeds go to the charities that are a part of it, then we think that's better for everybody involved."
In an interview with AnnArbor.com Tuesday, Champions for Charity director Andrea Highfield said she told athletic department administrators they could absorb the event as their own, but they declined.
"I even offered to say 'Hey does U-M athletics want Big House Big Heart, you can have it. We'll do all the work and you can have the profit,' " she said. "It's not for any financial gain or profit at all, it's a service on our part."