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Posted on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 : 9:43 p.m.

Michigan Women's Football Academy nets $128,000 for U-M Cancer Center

By Kyle Meinke

The Michigan football team's camp circuit continues to be a roaring success.

Less than two weeks ago, the Wolverines revived their Michigan Men's Football Experience camp from hiatus and raised $350,000 for prostate cancer research.

They raised another $128,000 for the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center on Saturday at their 14th annual Michigan Women's Football Academy, according to a video posted by the school. They drew 500 participants, a spike from last year's turnout of 320.

That's almost half million dollars raised for cancer research by the Wolverines in the past 10 days.

"This event is something that's unique, I think, across the country," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said in the video. "I think the cancer center and Michigan football and the University of Michigan, I don't know if there's anything better.

"It's just great to have these women out there. The energy. Our kids are doing a tremendous job of coaching and being with them. So, it's been great."

The women went through positional drills in the morning, learning how to throw, catch, kick and block from current Michigan stars such as quarterback Denard Robinson, reigning leading tackler Kenny Demens and Sugar Bowl hero Brendan Gibbons.

"We could use some of them on the field," senior safety Jordan Kovacs said in the video. "They've got a lot intensity. They're having fun, and we're having fun with them."

The women later went through meetings with coaches, including defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, and then went to Michigan Stadium to apply their newly acquired skills in a two-hand touch scrimmage.

Did the players learn a lot?

"I think so," one participant said in the video. "The players are sure cute."

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.



Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 12:06 a.m.

The way that MSU physically dominated the game on October 15th made "your" team look like women. How appropriate! There is NO THREAT!


Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 1:38 a.m.

My Michigan Men's Club is hoping to soon implement a "Michigan Man alternative lifestyle partners football academy" in addition to this women's function.


Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 1:42 a.m.

Basically the same academy as the one being mentioned in this article, but instead replaced by us. Making progress with a full infiltration of the Michigan football Program.


Sun, Jun 10, 2012 : 10:27 p.m.

If you can't love Michigan Football for all its glory, you can surely love it for this.


Sun, Jun 10, 2012 : 3:38 p.m.

It's nice to see Michigan football giving back to the community. I know my wife went to the women's camp a few years back when we still lived in A2, and she really enjoyed it. It's a great event and a fun way to raise money for an outstanding cause. Go Blue!