UM will wear pregame T-shirts to support ChadTough

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
John Beilein

Michigan basketball on Saturday will continue to pay tribute to Chad Carr.

The Wolverines will wear special T-shirts in warmups to honor Carr, the grandson of former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr who died last year at the age of 5 of an inoperable brain tumor.

Michigan plays Purdue at 2 p.m. Saturday at Crisler Center.

The shirts will read #ChadTough, for the ChadTough Foundation, which is raising money for research into DIPG, or Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, the rare condition from which Chad suffered.

Michigan coach John Beilein remains in contention for an ESPN contest that will award $100,000 to the charity of the winner's choice. Beilein is playing for ChadTough; fans can continue to vote on ESPN.com.

"All of us were moved by the fight young Chad Carr demonstrated against DIPG -- a terrible disease that has left zero survivors," Beilein said. "Kathleen and I are driven to win the $100,000 prize from the ESPN Infiniti Coaches Challenge for DIPG research.

"Wearing these T-shirts is just one small way we can help bring awareness to the cause of the ChadTough Foundation. We need to win this battle for every child who has fought or is fighting pediatric brain tumors."

Fans will be able to purchase the T-shirts throughout Crisler Center, as well as through the ChadTough Foundation.

Earlier this month, during the football team's "Signing of the Stars" event at Hill Auditorium, more than $110,000 was raised for the cause.

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