‘I feel so fortunate’ to be part of the ‘amur’ program
By MATT STEWARTAssociated PressA former University of Michigan football player was on a mission to give back to the game’s most dedicated fans after leaving school.
Award-winning linebacker and former UM basketball player Michael Wilkins has become the most popular member of the “Amur” hockey equipment program, a charity founded in 2003 to help children with congenital heart disease and other life-threatening conditions.
Wilkins, a former University at Buffalo linebacker, has been a member of “Amu” since 2005.
The charity has been instrumental in bringing the game to communities all over the country.
It’s made a lot of people happy, Wilkins said.
I feel like this is where I’m really at home right now.
I’m on a journey, and I feel like it’s finally time to make my home.
Wilmsons son, Andrew, was diagnosed with leukemia in February of 2016.
He has undergone more than 400 rounds of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and was declared cancer-free by the end of this month.
He will be the first player on the Amur roster to be named to the All-Star team.
Wilksons son is currently playing for the University of Wisconsin.
He is the first freshman from the state of Wisconsin to make the team.
The Amur hockey program is made up of Wilkins and other players from Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan State, Wilksons father said.
The goal of the program is to provide equipment for children with severe health issues, Wilmsons father told the Associated Press.
The equipment consists of a hockey stick, gloves, helmets, pads, pucks, sticks, and helmets.
The players receive a $250 stipend and training and certification to help them get their gear up to speed.
Wiltsons son’s first game was against the University at Rochester on Feb. 9.
He recorded eight tackles and a sack and helped the Minutemen defeat the Panthers 41-10.
Wilkson was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the third round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
He played his first six NHL seasons in Philadelphia.
He signed with the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 6, 2016.
Wilkesons father is a longtime NHL broadcaster.
He began his career with the Flyers in 1996, becoming the franchise’s head coach in 1997.
Wilkeons first pro contract came in 2010, when he was a member the Red Wings.
The following season, he joined the Philadelphia 76ers.
He retired after the 2018-19 season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.