Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Look closely at the sleeves of your favorite football coach this weekend, and there's a good chance you may spot something unusual--a green football patch, like this one on the shirt worn by Bronco Mendenhall during his BYU team's Friday night matchup against UCF:
That same patch will be worn by 109 of the 120 FBS coaching staffs this week (or in the case of bye weeks, next*) as part of Coach to Cure MD Week, a partnership between the American Football Coaches Association and Parent Project MD. The goal is to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common fatal childhood genetic disorder.
Including all levels of college football, the patch will be worn by some 5,000 coaches at more than 400 different schools.
This is the fourth year of Coach to Cure MD, with donations of the 2011 edition projected to top $1 million. The program has helped Parent Project MD fund muscle research grants at schools across the country, including football (and research) powers like Ohio State and Florida. Fans wishing to donate may visit CoachtoCureMD.org or text the word CURE to 90999 to contribute a $5 donation.
And if you wish to donate but need a reminder, you probably won't have to look any further than the clothing on the sideline Saturday.
*One exception: Texas wore them last week against, coincidentally, BYU.