Minnesota coach Jerry Kill donates $100K to start epilepsy fund

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Jerry Kill's Minnesota teams have improved in each of his three seasons
Jerry Kill's Minnesota teams have improved in each of his three seasons. (USATSI)

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill and his wife, Rebecca, announced a new charity effort through the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota.

The Kill family donated $100,000 to start the Chasing Dreams fund, which will help fund "seizure-smart school initiatives, along with Camp Oz, a specially designed camp for epilepsy patients in Hudson, Wis."

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the stated goal for the Chasing Dreams fund is $500,000.

"We want to get in every single school in the state of Minnesota and educate them on how to handle seizures in the schools,” Kill said via the Star Tribune. "We want to keep Camp Oz going for a long time."

Kill was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2005 and took a two-week leave of absence during the 2013 season to manage his seizures while defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys filled in as the acting head coach. Kill returned to coach from the press box for the team's final seven games, and finished the season on the sideline during the Texas Bowl.

Minnesota announced that it had restructured coach Jerry Kill's contract in February, extending the length of the deal for another year, lasting through the 2018 season. Kill is set to make $2.1 million for the 2014 season.

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