Chase Winovich

University of Michigan defensive lineman Chase Winovich is challenging Michigan fans to raise money for The ChadTough Foundation. If the foundation receives at least $15,000 in donations (for his No. 15 jersey) through his Crowdrise fundraiser, he will dye his hair orange for the Outback Bowl vs. South Carolina (Jan. 1, 2018).

“I came up with the idea a couple months ago, actually,” said Winovich. “I was thinking, ‘How could I help a charity? What unique talents do I have that could bring people together?’ The one thing I really had that a lot of people don’t have is the long hair. It’s very noticeable, it’s very divisive – people love it and there’s some people that don’t like it. It’s a hot topic.”

Impacted by Chad Carr’s fight with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) in 2015, Winovich made the decision to partner with ChadTough to raise money for research.

“The legacy that the Carr family has with Michigan and their mission with ChadTough really resonated with me,” said Winovich. “It was just so heartfelt to see this young kid and the struggles he went through. It really pulled on my heartstrings. From day one, it inspired me to be a better football player and a better person.

“I always knew if there was any chance I had to give back and help out with that, I would do it.”

That chance came this December when he saw “The ChadTough car” parked at Schembechler Hall. He saw ChadTough co-founder Tammi Carr sitting in the driver’s seat and knocked on the window.

“He was so excited to talk to me about raising money for the foundation,” said Carr. “It was the sweetest thing to see this huge football player so passionate about doing something like this for our cause. He just wanted to do something.

Donate to the fundraiser Chase Winovich Hair Dye Challenge for ChadTough by visiting Crowdrise!