Football in the Lansing area raises money for charity

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LANSING (WLNS) – Dozens gathered at Marshall Field Park to play some football and raise money for charity.

“Dad’s matter has their first choice with Todd Duckett.”

Teams get to draft X-factors, local celebrities, and MSU football and basketball stars.

Each team raises a minimum of $500 for the tournament, and as they raise more they can get better picks in the draft and other advantages.

“It’s our chance to play a game that we love, get the community together, and support a great organization, the Davies project,” former MSU and NFL player Todd Duckett said.

Pam Miklavcic is the founder and Executive Director of The Davies Project.

Her organization provides non-medical care for seriously-ill children in the area, mainly making sure they can get to all their doctor’s appointments.

“70 percent of the children who use the clinics in our town are on Medicaid,” Miklavcic said. “They’re missing 60 percent of their outpatient appointments.”

Miklavcic says they’re thrilled to be teaming up with the battlefield brawl this year.

“We work with volunteer drivers from the community, and so to have the community then come out behind our drivers and behind us is a wonderful thing,” Miklavcic said.

Thomas Kelley was on the MSU Final Four team in 1998.

“That’s why I’m here, basically to support the cause, to be around my Spartan family,” Kelley said.

Host Todd Duckett is happy to help families in need.

“It’s a blessing and a privilege to serve this Lansing community and it’s a magical thing to do with the whole entire community,” Duckett said.

But the battlefield brawl wasn’t the only game in town. At the Rivalz Game, players tried to score touchdowns against each other and chalk up a victory over Alzheimer’s.

“Also bring East Lansing and Ann Arbor together as well, Development Director for the Great Lakes Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association Melissa Goodson said. “We might be fighting it out on the gridiron, but really we’re all here for one cause which is to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.”

Whether raising money for sick kids or Alzheimer’s, everyone played football for a good cause.

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