UM’s Beilein wins Challenge, $100K for ChadTough

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
John Beilein

While the Michigan basketball team waits to learn if it has secured a spot in the NCAA Tournament, coach John Beilein already has won a critical vote.

According to a Facebook post Sunday by Tammi Carr, whose youngest son, Chad, 5, died last November from an incurable brain tumor (DIPG), Beilein has won the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge and $100,000, which will be donated to the ChadTough Foundation.

Chad Carr, the grandson of former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr and former Michigan All-American Tom Curtis and son of former U-M quarterback Jason Carr, was diagnosed just before his fourth birthday. Tammi and Jason created the ChadTough Foundation to raise money for DIPG research.

Fans could vote daily the last 10 weeks for Beilein in the Infiniti Challenge, hosted on ESPN.com.

“We did it!!! $100,000 for DIPG research!!!” Tammi Carr, who has drawn awareness to her son’s battle and DIPG through social media, wrote Sunday on Facebook. “Thank you to everyone who voted and helped us to spread the word. Money, increased awareness and raising the voice for DIPG … that’s what was accomplished.

“Thank you Coach Beilein for your amazing heart and passion and for choosing us as your partner. … Thank you Lord for the peace and strength that you continue to provide. … and thank you to everyone who looked past rivalries for a greater cause. … Thank you everyone.”

The Carrs, with their roots deep in the Michigan family, have been moved by the support received by the school’s rivals, Michigan State and Ohio State. Both football teams wore special ChadTough helmet decals during their game last fall, the MSU and Michigan bands joined to form “#ChadTough” on the field after the 2014 game in East Lansing, and the Michigan and Ohio State basketball coaches joined to have the Carr’s home decorated for Christmas last year so Chad could enjoy the holiday before he passed away.