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Michigan college athlete donates Thanksgiving turkeys to families in need

Michigan college athlete donates Thanksgiving turkeys to families in need

Elizabeth Faddis November 24, 02:06 PMNovember 24, 02:06 PM

A Michigan college athlete used money he received for his name, image, and likeness to provide turkeys for families in need during Thanksgiving.

Blake Corum, a running back from the University of Michigan, used money he had received from the NCAA’s name, image, and likeness policy to donate Thanksgiving turkeys to families in the area, the Detroit News reported. In July, the NCAA adopted a policy that allowed college athletes to “benefit” from using “their name, likeness and image.”

“I’ve always given back, whether it’s a football camp or small things,” Corum said. “I’ve always invested in giving back to my community and trying to get the next generation to live out their dreams.”

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Corum held an event on Sunday, entitled “Giving Back 2 Give Thanks,” in partnership with charity groups in the area and a teammate, Nikhai Hill-Green.

A few weeks ago, Corum told his dad that he was “going to buy 100 turkeys.” After talking to his dad, Corum spoke with Michigan running back coach, Mike Hart, and was put in touch with several organizations, such as The Love Stand, Milk Means More, Washtenaw MBK, and Parkridge Community Center.

The organizations helped double the number of turkeys donated out to families, along with providing items such as milk, macaroni and cheese, canned goods, and mashed potatoes.

“When I was growing up in the athletic world, people helped me,” Corum explained. “They looked out, they helped me. I didn’t really need much, but people were there for me.”

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Corum explained that he wanted to “give back in any way possible,” whether by providing people with turkeys, or through the use of “small things that put a smile on someone’s face.”

“It’s an important holiday. Everyone deserves to have a nice little meal,” Corum said.

The Washington Examiner reached out to Corum for a statement but did not receive a response back.

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