The Wolverine

August 2014

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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BIG SUMMER BOOST Dear The Wolverine: Just when I was wondering what could get me fired up about Wolver- ine football during this annual in- terminable summer waiting period, I watched videos of the June 6-7 weekend's Michigan Women's Foot- ball Academy and Men's Football Experience. Both were fundraisers, the pro- ceeds going to the U-M Cancer Cen- ter and Prostate Cancer Research, respectively. The Michigan coaches and players gave of their time so participants, about 500 women and 70 men, could experience what it is like to be a Wolverine football player. The videos are a must-see for all Michigan fans, regardless of age, sex, or level of fanaticism, and are a source of button-popping pride. First I laughed at a brunette putting a hip fake on Willie Henry. Then I soaked a handkerchief listening to Tiffany Hecklinski's (Coach Jeff's wife) account of her Cancer Center treatments, remembering when my own daughter also went through chemotherapy six years ago. We too have a great Cancer Center here in Kalamazoo. Watching the men's camp action was encouraging, observing middle- aged men like myself trying to be light on their feet executing agility drills. That was not the Glee Club I heard singing "The Victors" under the direction of Devin Gardner. I came away inspired! I am claiming victory over the   FROM OUR READERS

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