CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced today it has signed a multi-year partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation (CHMF). This partnership allows CHMF to provide unique experiences for children during the Marathon MAC Football Championship Game. In addition, the partnership will provide an opportunity for families to enjoy the game and be a part of the pinnacle football event for the MAC.

“The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is delighted to be a new sponsor of the Mid-American Conference Championship game,” said Lawrence J. Burns, President & CEO of CHMF. “This sponsorship not only gives us the opportunity to share our mission with a national audience on ESPN, but also connects us with great universities like The University of Toledo, The University of Akron and all the MAC members.”

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is dedicated to a mission focused on supporting the health and wellness of children through fundraising, grant making and advocacy. Since 2011, the Foundation has provided more than $40 million in grant funding, making it Michigan’s largest funder dedicated solely to children’s health and wellness. Through the pillars of research, education and community benefit, the Foundation is leading the charge to fund innovations in treatment, prevention and wellness that will enable children, families and communities to achieve bright and promising futures. CHMF’s current areas of focus include nutritional wellness, mental health, oncology and cardiology research, injury prevention and abuse and neglect.

A total of 14 children will take part in the following experiences at this year’s Marathon MAC Football Championship Game at Ford Field through this partnership:

  • Kickoff Kid: retrieves the tee on the field after the opening kickoff
  • Coin Flip Kid: accompanies referee for pre-kick coin flip at mid-field
  • Field Goal Shagger: catches FG’s by team kickers during pre-game and halftime warmups
  • Junior Reporters: asks question to coaches during pre-game press conference
  • Sportsmanship Kids: delivers MAC sportsmanship message on the videoboard

Mid-American Conference

Founded in 1946, the Mid-American Conference is an NCAA Division I, 12-member conference that sponsors 23 championships and is one of ten members of the Football Bowl Subdivison (FBS). With total enrollment of nearly 300,000 students, the league represents institutions of higher learning in five (5) states – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, and Ohio.

Current MAC schools that hold full membership and the year they joined are — East Division: University of Akron (1992), Bowling Green State University (1952), University at Buffalo (1998), Kent State University (1951), Miami University (1947), Ohio University (1946). West Division: Ball State University (1973), Central Michigan University (1971), Eastern Michigan University (1971), Northern Illinois University (1975-86, rejoined in 1997), University of Toledo (1950), Western Michigan University (1947).  The conference office is based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

To advance children’s health and wellness the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is dedicated to the supporting children’s health and wellness through fundraising, grant making, and advocacy. To learn more, please visit