Nearly 5,240 racers participated in the Big House 5K: Trail to the Victors Presented by Toyota on Sunday (April 9), with estimates indicating that more than $145,000 will be divided between six race beneficiaries.

The 2017 beneficiaries include, Comprehensive ALS Clinic, Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Avalon Housing, Buddy to Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program, Hands Across the Water, Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance. In the 2016 edition of the race, 4,100 racers raised $115,000 for the beneficiaries. Final distribution numbers for the 2017 race will be determined in the coming weeks. Read more on


The 20th annual Dance Marathon concluded Sunday March 26th with hundreds of student participants on their feet for 24 hours and raising over $500,000 to support pediatric care.

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan announce ‘Youth Impact Program’ benefitting City of Detroit

by Nick Baumgardner on MLive. Harbaugh and Michigan announced what they’re calling a “Youth Impact Program” to benefit at-risk boys in the city of Detroit, an initiative “designed to align with the values that the Michigan Football program instills in its players.”
Harbaugh, his Michigan coaching staff and the team’s sophomore football players will work with the United States Marine Corps to “teach life skills, football, language arts and STEM-based curriculum” to 100 Detroit-area boys from grades 6-8 from July 6-18.
Former NFL player Riki Ellison founded the program nine years ago, and runs similar efforts at Stanford, Northwestern and West Point. He’ll assist Michigan with its own version of the program. More on MLive

Charitable giving

University of Michigan employees once again demonstrated their support for the health and human service needs of our community as they pledged more than $1.3 million in the annual fall charitable giving campaign in partnership with United Way of Washtenaw. 2017 URecord story.

A future city trail?

In December the City of Ann Arbor was provided an feasibility analysis and a locational review for the Allen Creek Greenway by 12 U-M students in the Urban and Regional Planning program. Green the Way is a partnership between Taubman College’s Urban Planning graduate students, the City of Ann Arbor, and the Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy seeking to make recommendations on how the city should build the greenway trail, what features should be included, and how it should link up with various destinations and recreational amenities. Taubman College article

Supporting Ann Arbor Schools

In the 2014 “State of the Schools” report , the Ann Arbor Public Schools cited their partnership with 17 different units, schools and centers at the University of Michigan that support the educational efforts of the district.