A charity auction for a great cause was brought to my attention today, and I'd like to pass the information along to everyone in hopes of raising awareness of the fundraiser.
The Bernard "Pat" Maloy Scholarship was established to award a scholarship to an incoming Kinesiology student whose life has been touched by cancer (either themselves or a family member). It honors Pat Maloy, a beloved professor in Sports Management, who lost his battle with cancer in 2001. While I never had the pleasure of taking a class with Professor Maloy during my time in Sports Management, I remember how saddened the entire department was when he passed away. The reaction of the school made me truly feel like I missed out by not having a class with him.
In an effort to help fund this endowment, they are having an auction of Michigan sports memorabilia (along with Red Wings items, and items from many other athletes). The auction is going to start in the middle of October, but 2/3rds of the items have already been listed so that people can take a look around. There has been some really great stuff donated, including items signed by multiple players (Desmond Howard/Elvis Grbac, Braylon Edwards/Anthony Carter, Ortmeyer/Berenson, etc.).
Additionally, if you register for the site (free) and log-in before September 1, you will be entered in a drawing for some autographed Michigan items from people like Red Berenson, Tyrone Wheatley, and Jamie Morris.
I've added a link to the sidebar as well, and no-doubt will be mentioning this auction again as the start approaches.
They also have a section of the site for people who would like to donate an item (or cash) to the auction.
As I said, this is a great cause and there's a lot of very cool stuff up for bid. Please check the site out if you have a moment and consider bidding in the fall if there's anything that you're interested in. Thanks!